Doncaster, Wolves, Sheffield United & Millwall Manager Merry-Go-Round.

Ex- Millwall FC manager Kenny Jacket looks set for the Wolverhampton Wanderers hot-seat whilst Paul Dickov is on the verge of the Doncaster Rovers job, even though Millwall and Sheffield United are keen to secure his services. Bircham should get the Millwall job if East London sources are to be believed. STMI take a look at the credentials of the favourites to get the jobs, which in the case of Wolves has back to back promotions potential written all over it.

Thankyou for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

Wolverhampton Wanderers.svgDoncaster Rovers FC.png Blue rampant lion above the word Millwall in blue letters. Sheffield United logo

Paul Dickov replaced Dave Penny, a Rovers legend it has to be said, at Oldham and went on to build a youthful footballing side.  The Latics peaked at ninth halfway through the 2010/11 season before finishing 15th. The following season saw them finish a credible 16th.  Last season his shock resignation on 3rd February came a week after beating Liverpool 3-2 in the cup. The finances at Oldham are similar to the current ones at Sheffield United. Upon taking the reigns at The Latics, he had to shift Captain and player of the season Sean Gregan as well as top scorer Pawol Abbott. Whoever takes over at the Blades must face a big budget reduction, with most of what is left taken up by those on contracts through next season at least. Will Dickov want that or a patient, financially strong club like Doncaster who love a passing attacking game?

Paul Dickov’s Managerial CV From To Record
G W D L W%
Oldham Athletic 9 June 2010 3 February 2013 141 43 37 61 30.50

Kenny Jacket was the longest serving manager in the Championship up until his resignation this week.  He cut his managerial teeth at Watford, before being relegated to assistant manager under old fox and enticer Graham Taylor.  The duo got two successive promotions before finishing bottom of the Premier League in 1999/2000. When Taylor left Watford incoming Vialli did not fancy him, but Holloway at QPR did.  Kenny spent 3 years as an assistant at Rangers, learning from another master, Holloway, before taking up the Swansea job, still warm from Flynn. He worked miracles in his first season getting promotion from League 2 and winning the Welsh Cup.  The following season saw them win the Football League Trophy, retain the Welsh Cup, but lose to Barnsley in the play-offs.

Jackett left the Swans of his own accord in Feb 2007, taking up the job of reserve team manager at Manchester City 3 weeks later.  However Millwall came knocking in the November and despite ruling himself out initially he accepted the job. The following season saw the revitalised Lions lose the League 1 play-off final 3-2 to Scunthorpe, at Wembley.  They were back the following season, beating Swindon 1-0.  Millwall finished 9th in their first season in the Championship – a tremendous achievement given the resources of the club and the unfair financial competition from ex-Premier League sides.  The last two seasons have been solid with a semi-final appearance against eventual winners Wigan.

The Wolves job is the perfect project for Jackett. He will get the backing and has the ability to get a relegated giant back into shape and fast. Wanderers relegation and League 1 footing is a travesty for a club with such a heritage. He has learned from some of the most cunning managers in the game, takes no prisoners and can make water into wine.  There are plenty of ex-Prem sides who have dropped to this level, got the right man in and been back in the Premiership with successive promotions.  Kenny Jackett is that man.

Kenny’s CV From To Record
G W D L W %
Watford 10 June 1996 2 June 1997 59 24 19 16 40.68
Swansea City 5 April 2004 15 February 2007 156 69 40 47 44.23
Millwall 6 November 2007 7 May 2013 307 130 74 103 42.35
Total 522 223 133 166 42.72

Posted on May 12, 2013, in The Championship Angle, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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