Kenny Jackett today admitted he wants to emulate Graham Turner as he welcomed the expected hero’s reception from the gold and black army for the former Wolves boss at Shrewsbury tomorrow.
Shrewsbury boss Turner faces Wolves for the first time competitively since leaving Molineux in March 1994 in the teams’ first league meeting since April 1985.
Turner will be forever remembered at Wolves for dragging the club from near oblivion in the old Fourth Division to become an established second-tier force in his seven-and-a-half-years at the helm from 1986.
The boyhood Wolves fan’s achievements granted him entry to Molineux’s Hall of Fame, alongside heroes of his such as greats Stan Cullis and Billy Wright.
Tomorrow, Turner, who turns 66 next month, will become the only man to face Wolves since being inducted among the legends.
Jackett is full of respect for his contemporary and would like to match his longevity.
“If possible, yes, I’d be happy to do that, definitely,” said the head coach.
“I’m on about 500 games as a manager, and if I could do 1,000 League games, there are only a few people who have done that.
“His longevity is through the fact he’s very good at his job and he’s very well respected in football. He did very well for Wolves and has a very healthy respect here.
“He’s held in high esteem in the game and that’s richly deserved.”
As for the reception his counterpart will receive from Wolves fans, Jackett added: “Rightly so as well. That will be a good touch and that’s a very positive part of the game.
“He’s got to be one of a kind having been an owner, chairman and manager for a number of years at Hereford. That’s unique.
“When you consider he’s also worked in all the divisions, it’s an outstanding career. I’m sure people ring him for advice; he’s not someone I’ve come across a lot, but I’ve respected his achievements, integrity and his work ethic.”