Only six more days until Wolves make their come back into the Championship on the first time of asking. Despite last years form and winning League One, Wolves will go in to Sunday’s fixture as marginally underdogs against Norwich, relegated from the Premier League and the parachute payments that come with it. The Championship offers very different challenges to what League One held for Wolves. In every game last season, Wolves were out right favorites and were expected to win by a large margin in every outing. Not something that a Wolves side has been used to in the last three seasons battling relegation. However, last season this new group of players, young and academy driven, the players and the coaching staff, managed expectation and were patient in the first half of the season that included many a scratchy win.
This season expectations still need to be managed, this is still Wolves we are supporting, never is there a day when a fan’s are not demanding more, this is partly what makes it a great club to play for, to support and to admire. Promotion at the first time of asking is a big ask even for a team with the financial clout as Wolves; people compare to Swansea, Southampton, and Norwich but the Championship is stronger these days with nearly over half of the championship clubs relying on parachute payments from the premier league including, to a lesser extent Wolves.
This season is a year of managing expectations for Wolves and using the great platform to propel Wolves to a top six position. Kenny Jackett understands the demands of Wolves fans and has the mentality to control this with his low key interviews and straightforward treatment of the outcasts who are still to find certain futures elsewhere.
This is the first time that a start to a Wolves season, has come with anticipation and excitement. After a great summer of football I can’t wait to take my seat in W2 this Sunday. Lets hope the toaster banner can see the same flowing, passing football that WV1 has so sorely missed over the last five years. With a couple more signings before the transfer window closed and Danny Batth staying put we can hope for a season with goals, wins and a top six finish.
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Ikeme, Golbourne, Ricketts, Batth, Stearman, McDonald, Price, Edwards, Jacobs, Sako, Dicko. Subs: McCarey, Clarke, Van Perra, MacLinden, Evans, Ebanks-Landell., Henry.
Prediction: Wolves 2 v Norwich 1