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Jackett keen to bridge gap

Newly-appointed Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett acknowledges the bond between supporters and the players at the club needs to be rebuilt.

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Kenny Jackett: Believes the gap between players and supporters needs to be rebui

Kenny Jackett: Believes the gap between players and supporters needs to be rebui

The Molineux faithful have endured four successive relegation scraps, the last two of which have seen them drop from the Premier League to League One in back-to-back seasons.

Last term was particularly disastrous as Wanderers fans vented their obvious frustration in the direction of players, the dugout and the board as they watched their club struggle at the wrong end of the second tier when they should have been competing for an immediate return to the top flight.

But Jackett's arrival as the club's fifth different manager in 16 months heralds a new era and, with it, fresh hope of a new beginning.

"The relationship at any club between the players and the supporters is a key one," Jackett said. "If you get it right then one can bounce off the other and you can go on to success. If you get it wrong it can be destructive.

"It's always the players' responsibility to put on a good performance and they lead the crowd, the crowd will respond to what they see on the pitch. The supporters don't want to see people who don't leave everything out there.

"It's the players' responsibility and mine, first and foremost, but once you do that then generally crowds do respond in the right way and then encourage the players.

"That link between the supporters and the players needs to be restored, there is no doubt about that. One thing you do know is if you do put the performances on and you do get results as a player, this crowd will follow you in their numbers and then some positive momentum can take this club a long way."

Jackett has already made no secret of the fact that Wolves' immediate target next season is promotion, and he is keen to achieve it by playing an attractive brand of football.

"We can't sit back, we have to attack, we have to take the game to the opposition. Particularly at home, we have to use the full width as I think that's a big thing for the supporters, to be able to get wide and get around the back," he added.

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