As Wolverhampton Wanderers fans celebrate their promotion back to the Premier League, it's important for them to remember just how difficult the journey to get back there was. While Nuno Espirito Santo certainly deserves a lot of plaudits, Kenny Jackett was just as instrumental in turning the club's fortunes around.
When the Englishman first came into the fold back in May 2013, it was clear to see that the club was in a state of decline. They were clearly eager to bounce back at the first attempt after suffering back-to-back relegations down to League One, which was evidenced by just how quick they were to bring Jackett to Molineux.
The thought process behind bringing him in was simple - Jackett had the experience of getting out of the third tier, he liked to play exciting football, and he wasn't a controversial figure. It was the perfect fit, and if Wolves had made yet another poorly thought out appointment, who knows where they could've wound up?
When you're in that kind of position it's hard to work your way out of it, as teams like Wigan Athletic and Portsmouth will confirm. The lower leagues are unforgiving and the style of football makes for 46 hard fought games throughout the course of the season, but with Jackett, Wolves fans were put at ease.
It was as if they were in a rehabilitation period, and Jackett was the guiding light tasked with bringing them out of the darkness. Upon gaining promotion back to the Championship, he even took them to within an inch of securing a playoff spot and given the momentum they had, there's every chance that Wolves could've bounced straight back up into the top flight with Jackett leading the way.
Now he's attempting to do the same thing with the aforementioned Portsmouth, proving just how well suited he is to these kinds of roles. Many Wolves fans have long since voiced their support of Jackett following his dismissal, and while he was faltering slightly towards the end of his tenure, he deserved the chance to try and turn things around with Fosun.
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