Having made a fine start to the season, Kenny Jackett admits he has set his sights on automatic promotion for Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Wolves were reinstated to the Championship after winning the League One title last season, to end a nightmare era which saw them relegated from the Premier League to the third-tier in successive seasons. And a 2-1 win at Leeds United on Saturday, in which they came from behind to triumph, places them in third place in the table and level on points with the two sides above.
This has sparked optimism amongst their long-suffering fans that they can perhaps earn a back-to-back promotion, to mirror the achievement of Norwich City in recent years. Whilst a playoff place would be considered a big achievement for a side new to the division, Jackett has set his sights even higher, and has challenged his team to finish in the automatic promotion spots.
“We are aiming to get one of the promotion places,” said the former Watford midfielder, who won 31 international caps for Wales during his playing days. “We have made a solid start and are in a good position. Also, we are showing we are capable. This is a tight division and I have not seen anyone who is streets ahead, so perhaps being the newcomers can help us.”
Wolves are next in action on Saturday afternoon, when Midlands rivals Birmingham City are the visitors to Molineux. The Blues are enduring a hugely difficult time at present, and are second-bottom in the standings. Last week they sacked manager Lee Clark, and on Saturday they fell to an embarrassing 8-0 home defeat to Bournemouth, their worst ever loss at St Andrews.
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