Manager merry-go-round at Molineux

Wednesday 12th June 2013 19:05

Kenny Jackett: New Wolves boss

Kenny Jackett: New Wolves boss

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Wolves FanZoner Karl Sears looks at the manager merry-go-round and evaluates the arrival of Kenny Jackett at Molineux.

The cogs were greased, the lights were switched on and the horses were polished. For the fourth time in, well, no time at all, the managerial merry-go-round came to Molineux.

Enduring the music and the rhythmic motion were some usual candidates; Alan Curbishley was enjoying some candyfloss, Roy Keane was holding on tight with a face like thunder and Gareth Southgate was clapping along to the organ.

With so many potential managers aloft the colourful wooden horses, the man to alight the ride left me a little, how shall I put this? Underwhelmed.

I would like to point out that, unlike the men populating betting markets, I was under no illusion of grandeur: we are a third tier team.

I dismissed rumours of Steve McClaren or Gustavo Poyet joining the ranks as pure speculation - big names and big potentials don't join League 1 teams.

There were names that had some legitimacy, Owen Coyle and Steve Davis would have been good choices. The former has Premier League experience while the latter is an up-and-comer who has found success on small budgets - plus, if reports are to be believed, a Wolves fan.

But the powers that be concluded that the man to lead the club back to glory from the 70-plus serious applications is Kenny Jackett. And, despite the somewhat negative tone of the piece - I'm not disappointed. I felt that, on paper, there were better candidates, but I'm also very aware that, in our circumstances, Jackett is a good appointment.

The man has experience of lower league football and, perhaps most crucially, experience of getting teams out of lower league football. He arguably laid the foundations of the Swansea City side that we see today, has won some silverware (always good for keeping spirits up) and has had four jobs since he started managing in 1996. With managerial longevity a rare commodity in the modern era, Jackett's record is one that cannot be dismissed.

Jacket himself has said that the supporters won't know a lot about him, so he is clearly aware that he is coming in with a point to prove. Despite the years of incessant losing, fans will go into next season with expectations as high as ever. Going from the Premier League into the Championship is a tough transition and we won't be the last team to find the going tough - although many won't find it as tough as us. But the dip from Championship level to League One level doesn't seem quite so scary and many fans, although they perhaps won't admit it, will expect nothing less than automatic promotion.

The second part of this blog will touch upon the will-he-won't-he subject of Leigh Griffiths.

Griffiths has the potential to fire us back into the Championship: his scoring record in Scotland bears testament to that. But the question that is on the lips of Wolves fans is: will he get the chance? The Griffiths problem could pan out in a number of ways now that we've extended his contract:

1. Remind everyone that he's a Wolves player and demand top dollar from anyone that has his eye on him.

2. Unleash the SPL's top scorer on League 1 opposition and let him lead us to promotion.

3. Let him play for us until the end of August, hope that he scores a barrelful of goals to increase his value further, increase the market for him, and then sell him.

The man himself seems to long for a return to Hibs, but I'm sure that goals and fan adoration will cure any homesickness, providing that Moxey plays tough and holds on to our star asset.

So, all change again at the Molineux. A new boss has come and undoubtedly many players will be going the opposite way. "Out of darkness cometh light" reads the club motto; we've been in the dark for a very long time.

By Karl Sears, FanZone's Wolves blogger. Follow us on Twitter at @FanZone too!

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