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Stating Our Aims


11:46 7th May 2014

Jackett's pre-season message will be clear

Wolves Head Coach Kenny Jackett believes the club should not be frightened about aiming for back-to-back promotions when they return for pre-season to tackle the Sky Bet Championship.

While Jackett knows from his own experience the hugely competitive nature of English football’s second tier, he believes that almost three-quarters of the division can set out with genuine aspirations of gatecrashing the top six.

And that is the target he will be setting his players from the first day they report back for pre-season on June 25th.

“Wolves are a big club but there are many big clubs in the Championship and all with aspirations or expectations of getting into the Premier League - we know that and we certainly won’t under-estimate it,” he said.

“But when we come back on June 25, the first thing I’ll say to that group of players is ‘the reason we’re here is to get promoted’.

“That is the reason we are coming to work here and it’s not something we should be frightened of saying we are trying to do.

“We have to go in with confidence and as a very positive club because we’re as capable as anybody else.

“It’s a realistic ambition for a club that’s been in the Premier League so recently.

“We have to make sure our ideals and goals are right – there is no point being consistent in goals that take the club in the wrong direction.”

Jackett knows that many different factors would have to fall into place for Wolves to be in the frame for a second successive promotion.

But he believes the behind-the-scenes work that takes place at the Compton training ground should certainly be of benefit to the squad as they attempt to build on the League One title.

He added:  “We need to be as professional as possible in terms of our preparation, be as physically fit and mentally hungry as we possibly can, and enjoy working at being the best side we can be in trying to improve.

“We need a good disciplinary record and a good injury record and to be as prepared as possible to make sure next season is a good one.

“The facilities here are first class but there’s no point in having it at a massive expense – that has to turn into points.

“It compares with, or is better than, most in the Championship.

“And there’s a reason it is here – to make you better prepared than anybody else.

“If there is a one, two or three per cent advantage we can get out of having a better training ground and being better prepared then that is what we have to do.”




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