MILLWALL supporters should take the opportunity to thank Kenny Jackett for his achievements at the club when he brings Wolves to The Den on Saturday.
That is the message from chairman John Berylson and current boss Ian Holloway ahead of Jackett’s first game as an opposition manager back in SE16.
Jackett called time on a five-and-a-half-year tenure with the Lions two summers ago following three Wembley appearances, one promotion and over 300 games in charge.
The 52-year-old took over at Molineux shortly after stepping down at Millwall – and he led Wolves to the League One title in his first season in charge.
Jackett, who worked with Holloway at QPR, persuaded his friend to hold talks with the Lions in January and then urged him to take the job.
So Holloway insists Millwall owe a huge amount to Jackett and hopes he will be given a warm welcome by the crowd this weekend.
"In football you don't often get the chance to say 'thanks' to someone and I hope our fans take the chance to do that," Holloway told the Southwark News.
"I certainly will be thanking Kenny because he left me a good, well-run club.
"But we won't be friends during the game. We're both very professional and will be trying to win.
"Kenny should get a great reception. Not many sets of fans take to a manager like Millwall fans did to Kenny. I don't think he will get any stick – he doesn’t deserve to.
"His call to me and what he said about the board has made me very happy – and I'll be even happier if I can beat him."
Berylson, meanwhile, has credited Jackett with reversing a "losing mindset" at Millwall.
"I adore the man," said the Lions owner. "We still speak fairly regularly – he calls me, I call him. Kenny actually called me after my recent surgery to see how I was doing.
"I'm very pleased about his success – I'm not a Wolves fan but I'd root for them against any team apart from Millwall.
"I'd like to see him succeed. Kenny taught me a lot of what I know about the game, especially to do with running a team.
"When I first came on board, I knew how to man-manage and the type of characters I wanted at the club but everything else pretty much came from Kenny.
"He is a great character – thoughtful, calm, hardworking and very straight. He embodies all of the attributes that I like to see in our players.
"Kenny did us proud while he was here. He ought to get an excellent reception. Keep in mind that we hadn't won a play-off game until he came around.
"He achieved a lot of success at Millwall and he was the right man at the right time for us. In the end, he'd shot all of his bullets and he was ready to go.
"His final season took a lot out of him and he was drained. But I was his reference when Wolves wanted to hire him.
"A lot of people think he pre-planned it but we actually helped Kenny get that job.
"I spent hours on the phone with the people at Wolves talking about Kenny and telling them why they should hire him.
"Kenny is very different to Ollie but they are both excellent characters.
"I feel very close to Ollie and Kenny had a lot to do with him coming here. I'll be forever grateful to him for that."
Berylson is still unable to fly after having his knee replaced last month but he is due to attend the forthcoming home game against Cardiff City on October 25.