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Team Effort


13:02 28th February 2014


Kenny Jackett has highlighted a “team effort” behind Wolves giving themselves an opportunity to enjoy a successful season on the back of two consecutive relegations.


But he has again cautioned that “we haven’t achieved anything yet” with 15 games of the Sky Bet League One season remaining.

A much-changed side has seen Wolves start last weekend’s win at Brentford with only two players – Bakary Sako and Nouha Dicko – who started the final game of last season at Brighton.

The team sit in second place in the thick of the battle for automatic promotion, with much more work to be done, but Jackett is pleased with how things have gone so far.

"If you're around it and you follow it and see it very clearly and have seen it over the last couple of years then you're in a better position to estimate how things have been done, whether that be good, bad or indifferent,” says the Head Coach.

"You need to see the whole picture - the players out on loan, where the club was in terms of the playing squad and what needed pulling together.

“What was the ethos of the club? Which way did it want to go forward?

"Is the youth going to be given a chance and are there any players there worth keeping?

"The building work going on here (with the Academy) isn't being done for nothing - and with the Financial Fair Play coming in, there had to be a re-alignment of the wage structure quite obviously right across the board.

"So if you scratch beneath the surface then I think you can see what needed to be done.

"They were decisions I thought were needed after an unsuccessful period which was a disappointing one for a very good club.

"I think it's been a team effort but the person who sits here in my position does get the focus - that's the nature of it these days; you're the public face of the club.

"But in reality, as with any club, it's a team effort from the chairman down and you need those young players to step up, you need your signings to step up and come through the door with a high motivation level for coming into a club and be excited by working here, which is like working at a five-star hotel.

"And they have to be excited about playing at Molineux in front of that crowd.”

Jackett continued:  “Every staff member, every department, the head of football operations Kevin Thelwell, chief executive Jez Moxey and the chairman Steve Morgan - it's definitely a team effort at any club.

"But the nature of it these days is it's centralised through one person.

"There has to be some leadership and if you're taking the team, you have to see a vision which has to be yours.

"And if you're taking the training and dictating the style of play, then you have to have an input into who's coming in.

"I don't think anyone questions that in football, but after that, to put the infrastructure into place and see it used properly - which it is here - then I think mistakes can be eradicated.

"You might do the same deal, but it might just be a little bit better and crisper.”

Jackett believes the squad is in a “good place” at the moment but mindful of continuing to do their jobs to help the team get where it wants to be.

"We think the team is in a good place - some players went out in January, but after working with them for half a season, they were definitely necessary changes.

"The squad has been trimmed, but that offers more chances for young players and also when sometimes it's a smaller squad, it's more focused as well.

"Everyone needs to see some daylight in terms of them being very close to the first team. 

"But also one look at the league table tells us there can't be any complacency - it has to keep driving forwards.”

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