Dion Donohue thanks Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett  for '˜classy gesture' during '˜difficult times'

Kenny Jackett has been thanked for his compassion during the traumatic birth of Dion Donohue's son.

Saturday, 13th October 2018, 10:10 am
Updated Saturday, 13th October 2018, 11:34 am
Pompey midfielder Dion Donohue

The Pompey footballer was allowed to miss Pompey's home clash with Wigan in April after partner Nadine was taken into Queen Alexandra Hospital.

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Complications saw their son, Mason, unable to breathe for five minutes following delivery, while Donohue's girlfriend lost two-and-a-half pints of blood during the agonising labour.

Throughout the distressing time, Jackett remained in touch with the left-sided player, allowing him to take additional time away from the club.

It's a classy gesture from Pompey's boss which Donohue appreciates.

The 25-year-old said: '˜I couldn't have asked for a better manager, he just made it clear that family was most important.

Dion Donohue's son Mason

'˜When we were living in Birmingham some years ago, Nadine had an operation. As we had no family around us, I mentioned to my manager at the time that I needed to be there for her.

'˜His advice to me was to get my priorities in order. It was a case of: 'You'd better not miss the game'.

'˜Sometimes you feel pressured to play and not miss games, but family must come first.

'˜It was definitely easier knowing the manager (Jackett) was fully understanding, ringing me to ask how everything was going. It was nice to have that from your manager.

'˜You are so focused with football that you forget about home life, so I couldn't have asked for any better from the football club.

'˜I've had both ends of the stick '“ it's great to have a manager that understands.'

Donohue subsequently returned to Pompey's starting line-up at Rochdale, as the sides shared a 3-3 draw.

He ended the campaign with 35 appearances, and beaten only by Jamal Lowe in terms of assists.

Meanwhile, the Welshman's family also gathered round to help during testing times.

Donohue added: '˜My family and Nadine's family came down for the birth and her nan stayed with us for a time.

'˜She was a godsend, especially early on with Nadine recovering slowly and me eventually having to go back to football.

'˜Everybody has been so kind during difficult times, we're very fortunate.'