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Window ends, now Kenny Jackett's work starts

The transfer window might be closed but that does not mean recruitment now takes a backseat for Wolves.


Quite the opposite in fact.

In many respects, the hard work starts now, with the months until January the ideal time to put plans into place behind the scenes, working on targets for the next window and beyond.

"Recruitment is certainly out of the public eye but I don't think it is put to one side by a club," explains head coach Kenny Jackett.

"Actually, this is when you have to do your work, when you have the time to lay the groundwork.

"Recruitment now is really important and the time put in is too.

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"Perhaps recruitment, or who you are going to sign, or who is moving where, becomes low-key publicly – but it shouldn't privately.

"It is always an ongoing process to try and improve your team and get the maximum out of what you have got."

Wolves' summer, after the drama of last season's play-off near miss, was somewhat low-key.

There was no standout signing as such, with the arrival of Conor Coady, Jed Wallace and Nathan Byrne continuing the policy of finding young players with the potential to develop quickly.

The departure of last year's player of the season Richard Stearman was meanwhile unquestionably the biggest shock, while the loan arrival of Adam Le Fondre having taken on added significance with the subsequent season-ending injury suffered by Nouha Dicko.

Jackett is likely to bring in further replacements during the emergency loan window, which opens tomorrow.

Yet the head coach admits while the process of recruitment is forever ongoing, the closure of the window does bring a greater sense of calm around the training ground. "With the speculation and the Sky Sports stories ending, it does settle the players down," he said.

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett.
Wolves boss Kenny Jackett.

"Obviously, the players read things and watch those programmes and are affected by people asking them about speculation in the press and on the television – just the questions they get.

"You do see a difference in the players, definitely."

With the dressing room focus now purely on the game's ahead, Wolves will be aiming for a second Championship win on the bounce at Bolton this Saturday.

Jackett felt the Capital One Cup win over Barnet and, more specifically, the last-gasp league win over Charlton last time out helped his team rediscover the momentum lost by tough defeats to QPR and Cardiff.

"I felt Charlton was a vital win and I did feel we deserved it too," he said.

"Particularly in the second half when the two substitutes came on, I felt we had a good flow about us.

"It's seven points from five. There have been some spells in games where we have done very well and some passages of football which have looked real class.

"I want to play good, attacking football and obviously it has to be winning football to sustain that and breed confidence, not least the players.

"I think we have had spells in this period to show what we can do. I need to settle the side down, settle the group down now and try to, if we can, get a better return from the next batch of games."

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