Kenny Jackett breaks silence after Portsmouth exit - and ex-Millwall and Wolves chief reveals future plans

Kenny Jackett has insisted he's ready for a return to management after his Pompey departure.

Monday, 12th April 2021, 9:39 am
Updated Monday, 12th April 2021, 9:52 am

During his time at Fratton Park, Jackett guided Pompey to Checkatrade Trophy glory in 2019 and two League One play-off finishes.

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Former Pompey boss Kenny Jackett during the Papa John's Trophy final at Wembley - the final match he took charge of. Picture: Joe Pepler

With fears Pompey would not finish in the top six, Danny and Nicky Cowley were brought in for the remainder of the campaign.

Speaking as a pundit on Sky Sports, Jackett explained how he's using his time out of work to build his knowledge around several divisions in England, Scotland and Ireland.

And should the right opportunity arise, the former Millwall and Wolves supremo is keen to take it.

Jackett said: ‘It has been pretty hectic and there has been a lot to sort out but, obviously, I’m looking forward to the next challenge.

‘The opportunity is there to make sure your knowledge is absolutely spot on because you need to know the players and each division.

‘My own knowledge of League One is obviously very good because I've been working in it recently.

‘But, similarly, if you go lower and to other divisions, like Ireland and Scotland, it is an opportunity to look right around and make sure when you do step on again, that your knowledge is very good.

‘If the next opportunity is what I am looking for then I’m eager to take it.’

Jackett had a health scare during the latter stages of his time at Pompey when he had a mole removed from his forearm.

Gallen previously said: ‘He doesn't want a break. He has been given a clean bill of health, 100 per cent, and says, if anything, he is remotivated.

‘It is a scare once you're told you have a potential illness but the upside is that illness is not there and he's ready to go.

‘He would say if there was a job available tomorrow morning, he's ready and wants to work straight away.

‘He has the energy and enthusiasm for it and there will be plenty of suitors.’

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