Date:Tuesday December 17 2013
As the Head Coach of Wolverhampton Wanderers with the one aim of achieving promotion next season, Kenny Jackett has a task on his hands.
Despite our vast budget in comparison to the teams we are competing with, escaping the third tier of English football is not easy, just ask Sheffield United.
In fact, there is always the risk of slipping down to the fourth tier, something that Bradford have spent the best part of a decade recovering from.
To get out of the division you need your best players to be performing each week, especially when you have some star players who could walk into a whole host of teams in the division above.
We are of course referring to the 'slackers' as Express & Star have dubbed them, although we will go by their full names of Bakary Sako and Leigh Griffiths.
The duo have scored half of the club's 36 goals this season, but the goals have dried up in recent weeks for Bakary Sako.
Sako, who is once again being linked with a move to Nottingham Forest has scored once in eleven appearances and whilst Leigh Griffiths is still regularly scoring, Jackett publicly criticised their performance against MK Dons.
"There was a basic lack of desire and enthusiasm and the opposition wanted it more and we didn`t match that from start to finish," said Jackett to the E&S after the game adding "I didn`t feel they were closing down enough or that their workrate was enough.
"The changes were needed in a front-line that was labouring and wanted some fresh impetus. They just needed to work harder and show an appetite and a workrate to close down and try to win the ball back and make runs in behind defenders.'
Both were hauled off at half time to be replaced by Michael Jacobs and Liam McAlinden and if the 'slackers' don't buck their ideas up they could be spending even longer on the sidelines.
"Sako and Griffiths have got to respond in the right way, They can`t put in a first 45 minutes like they did because it wasn`t enough.' he told the press this week.
He continued: "They have to work harder because I was disappointed in what they did and they know their standards have to be kept up.
"But I`m sure they`ll get another chance."
Vital Wolves Comment: We of course need and require our best players to play to their best each and every week. They're certainly paid enough.
But is rinsing them in public the best way to man manage them? What's wrong with doing this behind closed doors?
We need everyone on the same page pulling together, this club for too long has seen everyone battling against each other.
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Date:Tuesday December 17 2013
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