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Kenny do the Job?

OK, it`s official: Kenny Jacket is our new manager. I am reasonably happy with the choice for although I would have preferred Steve Davis, I am pleased that the board did not hire any of the has-beens. I was beginning to question Coyle`s ability even before Bolton bloggers pointed out his limitations, while I had doubts about McClaren`s commitment and ability, given his recent run of failures at home and abroad.

Had we appointed Davis, I thought we would have gained a manager, who would have offered us the best chance of a fresh start. Attuned to the modern game and expert in coaching youngsters, he would have brought a refreshingly new and vibrant footballing philosophy to the club in place of the sterile, outmoded concepts we have been lumbered with. I suppose that after Solbakken`s failure, we could not expect another imaginative choice. Did Saunders`s failure prejudice the chance of another young, relatively inexperienced lower division manager getting the job? If so, it`s another reason to complain about the way management foisted DS on us.

If, after at least two gruelling rounds of interviews in competition with a superficially impressive slate of candidates, Jackett has emerged as the strongest candidate, we should be very pleased. But, was the selection panel open-minded in their evaluation of the ability of each applicant? The timing of KJ`s resignation from Milwall, which immediately preceded the sacking of Saunders, seems too close to be merely coincidental, especially in the light of the track record of JM and SM over the past few years.

If Jackett was offered the job 24 days ago, come what may, the charade of the selection process will not be easily forgotten and even less readily forgiven. Apart from illustrating the board`s complete disregard of the fans, the squad and the other candidates, it will affect the relationship between the new manager and the WW supporters. I, for one, need to be convinced.

If this were the case, Jackett has also suffered, losing three weeks in the job, time which he could have used to cast his eye over the squad and form his own opinions of individual players. Given the scale of the projected exodus, he should be involved. How he manages the comings and goings will be a measure of his ability,

Enough of the cynicism, what of Jackett`s credentials? In some respects, he is exactly the sort of manager we need at this moment. He may turn out to be a McCarthy clone - without the bluff Yorkshire veneer - and therefore incapable of operating at PL level. But, viewing our present predicament, I`d be happy if he got us there. And I think he can.

After three terrible years, including five managers in the last fifteen months, the club needs a period of stability. Jackett, who appears to be a careful, methodical, unpretentious sort of fellow, will direct affairs quietly and efficiently. And he possesses considerable experience in improving the fortunes of non-PL clubs. If Bolton fans were loud in their condemnation of Coyle, Milwall fans are genuinely sorry to lose their manager. We could have done a lot worse.

At Swansea, he not only saved the club but also laid the foundations for their subsequent success. Under his management, the team achieved promotion to Division 1 and won the Football League Trophy. Then, he took Milwall into the Championship in 2010 and kept the club there, a feat which two WW managers couldn`t achieve. Admittedly, they were dreadful against us at the New Den but they had a great cup run and they did survive!

Under Jackett, I expect the team to be better organised, a point which will come as a relief to the fans, who have suffered too many shambolic performances this season (and beforehand). This will benefit us in all departments of the game. We should be tighter at the back, better at keeping the ball and quicker moving forward.

Of even greater importance will be his man-management skills. In this respect, I feel that his quiet, unflappable demeanour will improve the atmosphere in the club, defusing any tension and promoting a more positive attitude among the players on the pitch. For the youngsters, upon whom we are going to rely, he will be guide them with quiet confidence. It could ensure the retention of up-and-coming players like Batth, Doherty and MacAlinden. Now, that would be a result.

Having prospered in the bear-pit of the New Den (it's as dangerous as the old one), presumably he has the strength of character to deal with JM and SM. When he said that he relished the challenge, he probably didn`t know the half of it. And, speaking as a Welshman, there surely cannot be another inept fellow-countryman out there?

What is certain is that, despite our individual views of each candidate, we have to give KJ our full backing. It`s the only way forward out of this mess. Let`s be as positive as Kenny and believe that we have turned the corner.

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Writer: southbank60 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday May 31 2013

Time: 8:01PM

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Well thank god that the board didn't listen to the (south bank) fans like they did before with Bruce and we all know what happened there.
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31/05/2013 21:11:00

Pleased for you all. All the best for next season.
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01/06/2013 01:50:00

Well said Johnwolf, all we need now is is the moaners to give as much effort into supporting our club, many will only be happy when Morgan and Moxey leave sorry folks it ay appenin so shut up or ship out welcome Kenny, whats left of the fans are the TRUE fans and you will recieve our full support but beware IF we are top the morons will be back
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01/06/2013 16:17:00

Bull*****...the assumption that only true fans renewed their season tickets. I have been a season ticket holder for 25 years. I didn't renew this year, partly due to the debacle of the last two years and partly due to circumstances none football related. To say that not renewing shows that we are not real fans is bollox. Ironically John Wolfs name is Davies....maybe the same person with a different name tag supporting his own arguements. As for the signing, don't know enough about KJ to comment so I will wait and see. Hopefully he can turn things around but will need investment. Would have liked to see GT announced as DoF aswell but I guess That will not happen. I will support whoever is in charge...he certainly deserves time and a chance.
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01/06/2013 17:29:00

They're brothers, Rustmonkey. I did predict they'd be along (backing up each other's arguments) blaming the South Bank for everything... and here they are doing just that. How very predictable.
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01/06/2013 19:59:00

Press conference today: the only thing that will wind me up is if he says" I'm gonna give everyone a clean slate and a chance to prove themselves". I think 4 managers and 4 chances is more than enough for some of them. I'd rather he played the kids.
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03/06/2013 08:11:00

This is what worries me, Rustmonkey. It would be nice if the old manager left notes on the strengths and weaknesses (including attitude) of each member of the squad. Let's hope Kevin Thelwell will brief KJ on the personnel problems he will face but I doubt it. I'm all for giving a player a second chance but several individuals have abused that right.
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03/06/2013 09:40:00

Lets hope that Jackett tells a few of them to get their coats.
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03/06/2013 11:24:00

The club released statements, following the appointment, saying how the groundwork on finding new players ("due diligence", as they put it) had been done, that sights had been lowered ("Plan B") regarding the quality of players being targeted, following relegation, and that the new "head coach" would be presented with a list of identified targets to peruse. They had previously said that players would be leaving due to free-agency, being sold (where possible) and that others would be "encouraged" to leave. I think Morgan has genuinely had enough of being made to look like a mug by players he's made multi-millionaires. Then there's the Griffiths situation...
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03/06/2013 11:29:00

Who would trust Dean Saunders notes...... Kenny will do his own assesments on the players.
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03/06/2013 13:35:00

I take your point, johnkelv, but I was speaking in general terms (to include SS's views, for instance). And, DS did drop Henry ... shame that he brought Johnson back at the expense of Batth thogh!
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03/06/2013 16:24:00

I think it's fairly apparent that the higher earning players will ply their trade elsewhere. That said, I don't believe for one second that the likes of Doyle/JOH/Johnson & co. are 'bad' players. Form, motivation, injury, row with the's all relevant. The bottom line is that they have not performed to the best of their abilities and it is now time to rebuild. Personally I support the young and hungry approach, it makes good sense. Sow the seeds of quality early, nurture, then reap the rewards through improved team performances, points, revenue and transfer funds. KJ is a good safe choice and will probably lead us to back to the Championship. The question mark is, and always will be, has the Board learned from their past mistakes? My jury is still out on that one. But in the meantime, good luck to Kenny. I hope he can restore some of the pride that has been lost UTW!!!
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03/06/2013 17:09:00

Wrong wondering wolf same surname doesnt a brother make, as far as fans well its my 44th season and just because my team is in division 1 I have not deserted them, right then fans, was it the north bank who invaded the pitch, who vandalised our ground NO its always the south bank,may i remind you that the home end is the North bank, all the south bank does is abuse everyone associated with the club they even show total arrogance in the way that they stand every game and couldnt give a toss if anyone wants to sit so yes i stand by my comment that the true fans have renewed because a TRUE FAN sticks by its club the beef is with Moxey and co and those people come and go true fans stay and yes our new manager is a good recruit his cv is excellent and he as others before him will have my full support
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