Portsmouth boss: I don’t want to change Ronan Curtis

Ronan Curtis. Picture: Joe Pepler
Ronan Curtis. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Kenny Jackett insists he will never try to change ‘chirpy’ Ronan Curtis’ personality.

The forward has swiftly endeared himself to the Fratton faithful since moving to Pompey from Derry City this summer. 

Curtis has made a whirlwind start to life at the Blues, registering five goals and five assists from seven League One appearances to date.

The Republic of Ireland under-21 international is also a self-confessed wind-up merchant on the pitch, while he he’s been nicknamed the ‘Banter Man’ of the dressing room. 

Jackett reckons Curtis’ charisma gives both his team-mates and the Pompey supporters a fillip.

But he advised the 22-year-old not to take his actions too far by disrespecting the opposition.

The Blues boss said: ‘Everybody has got their own personality.

‘He’s got his own personality and is a positive person.

‘He has a good effect on our team with his enthusiasm.

‘He has got good enthusiasm and has a good effect around our place.

‘Our crowd respond to that as well.

‘I wouldn’t want him being disrespectful to the opposition – that’s not my way and I don’t think he is.

‘But I do feel he is chirpy and lively and I wouldn’t want to change him.

‘It has a good effect on people our side of the fence.’

Curtis is expected to start Pompey’s clash against Wycombe Wanderers at Fratton Park today (3pm).

He’s been passed fit for the visit of the Chairboys after limping out of last weekend’s 2-1 win at Peterborough with an ankle injury.

Curtis was caught by late challenges from Marcus Maddison and then Jamie Walker. 

After a barnstorming opening to the campaign, there are some fears defenders will start to target the south London-born ace and nullify his attacking threat. 

But Jackett knows the forward will be able to handle himself if that’s the case. 

‘The Peterborough game was a tough game. There was a lot of fouls and the ball in play wouldn’t have been high,’ added Pompey’s manager. 

‘There were challenges both ends and I don’t think Ronan got it any worse than anyone else on the pitch.

‘There weren’t challenges necessarily out of order against him.

‘But I do feel he’s someone strong enough to look after himself and compete – and he’s going to have to be, whether he gets individually targeted or not.

‘I wouldn’t want him to get anything out of order but, similarly, defenders are trying to stop him.

‘But he’s strong enough and robust enough to take it and bounce back.

‘I wouldn’t want to take the physical nature out of the game.

‘Perhaps there are individual situations but I wouldn’t want it to be a less physical game.’