Kenny Jackett canÂ keepÂ Portsmouth squad happy
Kenny Jackett'sÂ man-management skills can keep Pompey's squad happy. Â
David Wheeler believes Jackett maintaining an open dialogue with his players can negotiate the difficult terrain of keeping those not involved regularly on board.
Jackett now has a 25-man squad at his disposal after recruiting 10 players across the summer.
The depth is much-improved with the quality on the subs' bench in recent games under-lining that point.
But Wheeler backed his manager to work his squad correctly and not ostracise any of the players he can call on.
He said: '˜It's difficult when you have players at your disposal.
'˜It's a good problem to have as a manager, but obviously has to be managed in the right way with personalities and people desperate to play.
'˜But the manager is very respectful to the people who don't play, and players respond to that.
'˜Those performances are going to push those in the first team.
'˜It's not commonplace in football (a dialogue with the players left out), so that's a credit to him.'
Tuesday's Checkatrade Trophy win over Gillingham proved a landmark for Wheeler as he got his first 90 minutes under his belt in a year.
An ankle problem finished his season off in December, soÂ Wheeler knows patience will prove a virtue as he feels his way back.
He added: '˜I have to keep things in perspective. I'm never very good at that!
'˜I always want to run before I can walk. That's in my nature, so I will always be a little frustrated.
'˜It's pleasing to know I've had two decent games under my belt, though.Â I'm starting to feel good about my health and fitness again.'