Kenny Jackett: Wolves name ex-Millwall boss as head coach


Kenny Jackett has been appointed as the new head coach of Wolves on an undisclosed contract.

The 51-year old, who recently resigned as Millwall boss, replaces Dean Saunders, who was sacked by the League One-bound club earlier this month.

Jackett, who led Millwall to the FA Cup semi-final this season, will be looking to arrest the decline at Molineux after two successive relegations.

Wolves have paid the Lions compensation for Jackett's services.

Kenny Jackett factfile

  • Born 5 January 1962 in Watford
  • Spent his entire playing career with hometown club Watford before a knee injury forced him to retire at the age of 28
  • Went into coaching with the Hornets before succeeding Graham Taylor as head coach in 1996
  • After one season in charge was demoted to assistant manager to Taylor
  • Left Watford in 2001 and, after a spell as QPR assistant manager, became Swansea boss in 2004, achieving promotion from League Two in his first full season
  • Left Swansea in 2007 by mutual consent before taking over at Millwall
  • Guided the Lions to promotion to the Championship in 2010 with a 1-0 play-off final victory over Swindon
  • Left the club after six years in charge in May 2013

"I am both proud and delighted to have been appointed head coach at Wolves, and am really looking forward to the challenge ahead," said the former Wales international.

Jackett takes over a Wolves side who will be playing in the third tier for the first time since 1989.

He becomes Wolves' fifth permanent boss in 16 months.

Mick McCarthy was sacked in February 2012, when the club were already struggling in the Premier League relegation zone.

McCarthy's successor Terry Connor, his former assistant, then left after they dropped into the Championship.

Connor was replaced by Stale Solbakken in the summer, but the Norwegian was sacked in January, with the club sitting 18th in the Championship.

Saunders arrived from Doncaster, but the Welshman took 10 matches to earn his first win and the club were eventually relegated, after finishing in 23rd place.

This leaves Jackett with the task of attempting to get promotion back to the Championship, a feat he achieved as Millwall boss in 2010.

Jackett had spells as manager of Watford and Swansea before moving on to the Lions, but he left his post at The Den after six years in charge, on the dame day that Saunders was sacked by Wolves, stating that he felt the time was "right for a new challenge".