Wolverhampton Wanderers go into the new Championship season with the likelihood that they will have no manager to take of their first game next Saturday after Kenny Jackett was sacked yesterday by the clubs new Chinese owners.
Fosun International took over the club last week and it was believed that Jackett would stay at the Molinuex helm and be given in their own words ‘significant funding’ but something has obviously changed in those few days since as Jackett was then given his marching orders.
Wolves like their new Championship Midlands neighbours Aston Villa now are under Chinese ownership, for Villa and Dr Tony Xia they didn’t have the same managerial issues for the simple fact that the position was vacant when Dr Xia completed his purchase but when Wolves fell into new ownership there was always the danger that Jackett’s day’s could well be numbered
He spent three season as manager of Wolves, in his first season they stormed out of League One as champions and the following season an impressive 7th place finish but they couldn’t build on that last time around as they ended up in the bottom half of the table in 14th.
The fact that progress has stalled or in some eyes the club has gone backwards was undoubtedly Jacketts undoing, perhaps he made the job too hard for himself with that 7th place in 2014/15. But that’s the perverse nature of football you are only as good as your last season and last season obviously wasn’t good enough for the clubs new Chinese owners.
With any new managerial vacancy the question is always as to who will be the man to takeover? – the obvious candidate would be the newly out of work Steve Bruce. Bruce who left Hull last Friday has more than enough experience in getting teams out of the Championship but he himself has gone on record by saying he is considering retiring from management, would this job come around too soon for him to consider jumping straight back into a managerial hotseat.
If the new owners of Wolves were feeling ambitious and were looking for a continental manager then somewhat surprisingly Andre-Villas Boas has also been linked the new vacancy. After spells at both Chelsea and Tottenham which didn’t really live up to expectations you do have to wonder if AVB has the appetite for a third spell in England but maybe he wants the opportunity to finally prove the doubters wrong and more importantly at a club where there won’t be so much spotlight.
So there’s food for thought for the new Wolves hierarchy but one thing is for sure they better act fast as the Footbal League season is just around the corner.
EDIT: After all that, just half an hour after writing the article they have appointed former Italian international Walter Zenga as their new Head Coach. This is somewhat of a left field appointment in my opinion especially as foreign coaches have a history of flopping at Championship level.
Wolves fans know all too well after the appointment of Stalle Solbakken was a massive flop. If the appointment is a success then the new owners will be heralded as geniuses and this will be a smart move but if it goes the same way as Solbakken then I guess the new owners will certainly get a nice warm welcome from the Wolves fans.