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The Final Countdown!

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09:45 29th July 2013

Jackett can't wait to get started

Kenny Jackett kicked off the final week’s training before Wolves launch a new era at Preston by insisting: “We can’t wait to get started.”

The Head Coach saw Wolves complete their pre-season programme with a first defeat albeit following a promising performance against Real Betis on Saturday, another valuable workout ahead of the trip to Deepdale on Saturday (3pm).

And he is keen to see how his revamped squad perform when getting down to the real business in Sky Bet League One.

“We have made a lot of changes from the Brighton game and the 18 or 19 players that go up to Preston will be considerably different to those which finished last season,” he says.

“We all know that and I feel it is necessary.

“It is now about how quickly this young group can bed down and play the type of football which I want to play and start to build up confidence.

“We will only do that by getting results.

“There were good performances and encouragement for the season in Saturday’s game but it is still only pre-season.

“The players have worked very hard and I think there is a decent understanding of what I want and the system I want to play which is important.

“In most positions we have cover and competition, but maybe we are short in one or two areas where if we lose one player we may struggle.

“We have to cover that and be aware of it but it is a hard-working group and a hungry group at present with no little ability as well.

“I am looking forward now to the season and the first ten games which are going to be vital for us.”

Jackett continued:  “This is a new club for me and many of these players I have known as players but not personally.

“There are also some younger players just making their way in the game who have just come out of the Under-21s so it’s a new mix and so far an interesting mix.

“I’m looking forward to his new group and hopefully some new success at Wolves.

“It’s a new beginning and a new season and new management team with myself and Joe (Gallen).

“We need to settle down, make sure we are well co-ordinated and know what is expected of us and are comfortable in our roles.

“I have been very impressed with our young players and it is about how they do now we get into the league programme.

“They have shown a lot of promise for the pre-season period and I will make sure I keep pushing them and getting the best out of them as we head into a vital season for our club.

“We want hunger, we want quality and the desire to play for Wolves.”

On a personal note Jackett has spoken on many occasions since arriving of the pride and honour at being Head Coach at Wolves.

And that is clearly the case as he leads the team into a hectic first couple of months of the season.

“It’s going to be the calm before the storm this week because if you look through August and September there might be 13 games in three competitions!” he says.

“We need a squad and a team that is ready for that.

“I still get excited before a season starts.

“I enjoy my job and enjoy being in football – it’s a privilege to be involved in the game.

“At Wolves I understand it is a big club with high expectations but I can’t wait now for the season to start.

“It is a fantastic club and this is a great opportunity for me.”

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