Kenny Jackett claims he inherited a club which had 'broken down' upon taking the managerial reins at Wolves.
With the club having suffered successive relegations to tumble into League One, the Molineux-based outfit turned to Jackett at the end of May.
Rebuilding eroded confidence and getting a disgruntled fan base back on side were the first challenges facing the new man at the helm.
Jackett hopes he has helped to turn the corner, with changes in personal and a different approach helping Wolves to take up a position among the early front-runners in the third tier promotion race.
He said on what he found at Molineux and how he has set about overseeing a reversal in fortune: "Fractured? It had actually broken down. There was not a good atmosphere at Molineux. I felt the supporters had to be able to focus on some fresh players.
"They needed a new team and a new emphasis. If fans don't see a team that's together, they don't like that. When that happens, it's serious.
"The fans work hard for their money, it's easy to understand where they are.
"We've put ourselves in a position where we can go into the winter months now with optimism.
"The top part of the division has set off at a great pace and has stretched very quickly.
"You don't get promoted by how you are doing in November, but the likes of Orient and Peterborough have stretched the league so much, the automatic places could be out of reach within 10 or 12 games."