Understanding the pressure

Gaffer on life in the hotseat

Kenny Jackett says all Head Coaches and managers are aware of the pressures involved with life in the hotseat – after two more of his Sky Bet Championship colleagues lost their jobs this week.

Derby and Rotherham parted company with Paul Clement and Neil Redfearn respectively, and Jackett is now the sixth longest serving manager or Head Coach in the Championship.

He says the pressure has accelerated in recent years, but that is remains a “privilege” to be involved in football and relishes the task of leading Wolves.

“It’s a privilege to be inside football,” he says.

“And it’s hard to comment on situations at other clubs, because you just don’t know the insides and the relationships, so you keep your own counsel and look after your own club.

“It’s the nature of the industry, that’s the way it is for all of us in it, whether you’re a player, a coach, or whether you’re a head coach, maybe the head coach’s profile then is a little bit different.

"If you’ve been in there, it’s similar when you’re a player, you could get an injury or be left out.

“I appreciate and understand that’s the way the job is.

“When people say they want their own team – I feel when you go to a job, from day one that is your team. That’s it, good, bad or indifferent.

"Obviously it’s accelerated. The interest in football has grown again, the Premier League is the most popular in the world.

“Then with the TV money, I was reading yesterday you get £99m for finishing bottom, which is a staggering statistic.

“The competition to get there and stay there is very big."

Jackett masterminded a League One title success in his first season at the helm, and Wolves missed out on the Championship play-offs by goal difference last time around.

He says the amount of time managers need to stamp their influence at a club can depend on a wide range of circumstances.

"It very much depends on what you’re taking over,” he explains.

"If you go into a club and you’ve got a good team, you’ve got a better chance, obviously.

"It depends on degrees of strength of the club in your division.

"The other thing is the relationship with the owners, their vision, what they see.

"I don’t think there’s a set time, it’s an ongoing process of trying to improve, even if there’s a dip for a period.

"Obviously we all know what can happen in that dip. But then it’s an ability to be able to come out of that dip, come out of the other side and go again. If you’re looking at Sir Alex Ferguson, that’s a strength of theirs, to see the way through.

"Within that period people can make changes.

“We all know that results are the number one priority, definitely.

"But we are in the entertainment industry, that is a consideration.

"It's not quite as high as results, but style of football and what supporters want to see – they want to be entertained."