Leicester City's managerial team of Rob Kelly and Mike Stowell can expect a warm reception on Saturday when they return to Molineux, given all their past connections with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Stowell, the Foxes' assistant manager, is warmly thought of at Wolves having been their first-choice goalkeeper throughout the 1990s, clocking up almost 450 appearances in 11 seasons.

It was also at Molineux that Leicester boss Kelly's career took off when he made a #30,000 move from Leicester, in time to join their failed tilt at the 1986-87 Fourth Division play-offs. But it was there where his hopes of succeeding as a player ended when he had to succumb to a back injury in 1990.

After a brief joust as a journalist, he was forced down the coaching path instead. Having returned to Wolves to work at the club's then newly-established Academy before assisting Graham Taylor at first-team level, he has enjoyed a good reputation in various coaching roles at Watford, Blackburn Rovers and back where he started at Leicester. Since taking over from the sacked Craig Levein last January, for the first three months as 'caretaker’, he has made a decent fist of it.

However, a run of one point from six games has resulted in the Foxes slumping to 20th, only two points clear of safety. But it was Kelly's achievements last season that most caught the eye.

Leicester, who had sunk to 22nd when he took over, stayed up thanks to only four defeats in their first 16 games under Kelly, including a 1-0 February triumph over Glenn Hoddle's Wolves.

Kelly would love nothing better than to get his team back on the road on familiar territory, saying: "Wolves are a similar-sized club to ourselves, a traditional club, with good support, who will give us a hard test, but what we want is just to take the three points and then they can continue on their merry way."

Leicester and Wolves have an FA Youth Cup third-round tie at the Walkers Stadium tonight (7.00).

Wolves were semi-finalists two seasons ago but, given the work that Kelly has put in with Leicester's youngsters, they have a tough job.