Rotherham United: Impressive CV of Kenny Jackett, the manager who thwarted Millers over Nouha Dicko!

Kenny Jackett
Kenny Jackett

He’s the man who snatched Nouha Dicko from the grasp of Rotherham United, but Millers fans will forgive Kenny Jackett.

Jackett, who is expected to be the next manager at New York Stadium, was in charge at Wolves when the Molineux outfit signed striker Dicko from Wigan Athletic.

Dicko had been a loan sensation at Rotherham in 2013, scoring six goals in six games, and the Millers tried desperately to land the French striker on a permanent deal before he opted for the West Midlands.

That will quickly be forgotten by most Millers fans happy at the prospect of a boss of Jackett’s calibre joining their club’s battle to climb out of the Championship drop zone.

Jackett, aged 54, has done well wherever he has been.

After his long playing career at Watford was ended by knee problems when he was 28, he was first-team coach under Graham Taylor as the Hornets won two promotions in the late 1990s to reach the Premier League.

He became Swansea City manager in 2004, winning promotion from League Two in his first season and, a year later, just missing out on a Championship spot as his team were beaten in the play-off final by Barnsley.

He resigned and, after a spell as reserve-team chief at Manchester City in 2007, joined League One Millwall. After losing a play-off final against Scunthorpe United, he took the Lions up the following year via the play-offs, seeing off Swindon Town in the final.

He followed that up with three seasons in the Championship and reaching the semi-final of the 2013 FA Cup where Millwall lost to eventual winners Wigan.

After another resignation, he went to Wolves where he crossed swords with the Millers in memorable fashion.

Both teams were promoted from League One in the 2013/14 season when they shared two memorable encounters.

Dicko scored twice in a pulsating December 3-3 draw at New York and Molineux was the venue for a 6-4 April thriller, won by Wolves with two goals in time added on after Rotherham had clawed their way back from 3-1 down to 4-4 in the last minute. A crowd of more than 30,000 watched that classic. Dicko bagged a hat-trick for the men in gold.

Jackett took Wolves agonisingly close to the play-offs in their first year in the second tier, finishing seventh, and last season brought a 14th-placed finish.

For the first time in his managerial career, he didn’t leave a club of his own accord. In July, a Chinese conglomerate, Fosun International, took over and four days later his contract was terminated.

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