Jackett departure confirmed
Manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Kenny Jackett, has today confirmed that he is to be leaving the Championship club ahead of the 2014/15 campaign, effective immediately. The circumstances of this departure are currently unknown, other than ‘personal reasons’ and wishing to move onto other things, but rumours suggest that a spat between the 53 year-old and a Wolves player are what sparked his exit.
Jackett reportedly alerted owner and chairman Steve Morgan of his resignation at 7:30 GMT yesterday morning, with ‘personal reasons’ being quoted as the reasoning behind this. The English manager got Wolves promoted to the Sky Bet Championship last season, achieving a League One record points total of 103.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Jackett said ”My reasons are simple. Whilst I have enjoyed my time as manager of Wolves, and they are a fantastic club, I feel that it is time I moved onto other things. This is nothing personal towards Wolves, as I believe they are a brilliant team and I respect every player there completely. This is me wanting to move onwards and upwards in my career.”
”I want to thank the chairman, Steve Morgan, for the support throughout my time, as well as the players and every single member of staff, as well as everyone who has supported me at Wolves. Steve Morgan is an excellent person and it’s been a pleasure working with him.”
Steve Morgan also made this statement on Wolverhampton’s official website, ”It is with great sadness that I confirm the resignation of Kenny Jackett, effective immediately. I thoroughly enjoyed working with him and he will be missed by everybody at Wolves. We part on good terms as we wish him the best of luck throughout his managerial career.”
Assistant head coach Joe Gallen will take temporary charge of the club, although it is believed that Wolves are searching for a new manager, and have been since yesterday. However, in the event that this cannot happen, Gallen will remain as manager for the season.
Reaction to Jackett’s resignation have been varied - with Twitter yet again proving to be an interesting source to find out fans’ reactions. Here are some of the reactions seen today.
Gutted to hear that Jackett’s quit. Understandable though. Wish him the best. #jackett
Why my cousin was banned ??? #jackettpotato
So Jackett’s gone? Best news I’ve heard all day. Good riddance. #jackett
It’s k, Jackett was incapable. #jackett
Candidates for the now vacant Wolves job are limited - with Tim Sherwood being a possibility, as well as other recently sacked managers, such as Neil Warnock, Nigel Adkins or Paul Ince. There’s no current favourite for the role, so it really is anyone’s guess as to who exactly will replace Jackett.