By Tony Leighton
Jose Mourinho self-proclaimed it, but Kenny Jackett had the 'special one' mantle placed on him as he took over as Head Coach of Wolverhampton Wanderers.
On the day that Mourinho returned to England and his former club Chelsea after managing Real Madrid, the ex-Watford, Swansea City and Millwall manager Jackett joined Wolves with a special proclamation by chief executive Jez Moxey.
It was with wry good humour that Moxey referenced the day's two appointments, one in the Premier League and the one at Molineux in League 1, with his welcoming words to Jackett as "our special one."
But there is nothing funny about Wolves being in League 1 after two successive relegations, nor perhaps that Jackett is the club's fifth boss in 16 months.
Something special will certainly be required to restore the Black Country club to the status that they held so recently, and Jackett is fully aware of what he says is the biggest challenge of a managerial career that started 17 years ago.
"This is the biggest challenge, there is no doubt about that," he said. "But it's a challenge that I'm relishing. On a personal level it is a fantastic opportunity for me - it's the biggest one that I've received and I'm looking forward to it.
"The size and potential of the club is terrific. The potential almost knows no bounds if we can get it going positively, and I would love to play my part in that."
Having played his part in several promotions from the lower divisions - with Watford while on the coaching staff, Queens Park Rangers as assistant boss and both Swansea and Millwall as manager - Jackett has a track record of success.
And he is aiming to maintain that track record in double quick time at Molineux. "Our aim and approach is to be promoted next season," he said boldly. "Is that going to easy? No. Does there need to be some adjustment? Of course.
"Wolves have had troubles in recent seasons and for all of us there is a lot to sort out. There will have to be changes along the way. I've got experience of that, and I think with the structure that's here I can point the club in the right direction."
Jackett must not only point the club in the right direction but also lead them there, a task that will not be easy given that Wolves will bee seen as one of the big guns in League 1 and thus a prized scalp for their opponents.
That scenario does not faze the new boss, however. "Whenever you are at a big club there is pressure on you," he said. "With Wolves' history the expectation will always be there, but that's something we have to embrace.
"There are a lot of good players here to base the future on. If you get the results then the crowd will follow you in their numbers and the positive momentum can take the club a long way - and this club certainly has the potential to do that."
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