Jackie tips Wolves
By Ben Blackmore
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jackie McNamara believes Wolves are set for promotion this season.
Jackie McNamara is relishing the prospect of his new challenge in England, and believes that Wolves are all set for a successful promotion bid this season.
McNamara left Celtic under a cloud, after rejecting an unsatisfactory contract offer, but the Scot is now looking fully ahead to what he feels should be a triumphant season at Molineux.
"It was disappointing the way things happened at Celtic but by the same token I've got a fresh start here and a new challenge and I'm looking forward to it," McNamara told Sky Sports News.
"We've definitely got the squad and players here and the management, support and stadium. Everything's in place, we've just got to do our best to get there (The Premiership).
"Obviously the main ones (to watch) are the teams that came down - Palace and Southampton but there are a lot of big clubs in there and we'll be looking to be there-or-thereabouts and go up."
The Scottish international lays much of his reasoning for optimism at the feet of manager Glenn Hoddle, whom McNamara feels is the right man to lead Wolves back to English football's top flight.
"It's been great so far to learn a lot from every manager and it's good to come and work with him (Hoddle). The reason why I'm down here at Wolves is the chance to work with him. So far so good, and I'm itching to get the season started."
The 31-year-old was speaking after Wolves' 2-1 pre-season friendly victory over neighbours Aston Villa, but McNamara is refusing to get carried away by the result.
"Obviously it's nice to win but we won't get carried away by a pre-season game. Villa are a good side but the main work starts next Saturday and that's what we're focused on now.
"It's all about fitness and getting ready for the game next week, not about results in pre-season. The main thing is we are all fit and raring to go."