Kenny Jackett responds to questions over whether he’s lost Portsmouth dressing room and has board's support

Kenny Jackett believes he retains the support of his players as he bids to get Pompey’s season on track.

Thursday, 1st October 2020, 2:50 pm
Updated Thursday, 1st October 2020, 6:03 pm

And the Blues boss is confident he still has the backing of the club’s board, as he comes under increased pressure from fans calling for him to be sacked.

Jackett has faced intense criticism in the wake of a winless start to the league season, following on from last season’s play-off failure.

The News revealed on Monday there’s no plans to fire the 58-year-old, however, at present and he still has the approval of the club’s hierarchy.

The Pompey manager was firm in his view that is still the case, and a united front is needed to get the season on track.

When asked if we believes he retains the support of his players, Jackett said: ‘I do, very much so.

‘We all want to work towards working together and being successful as a club, definitely.

Kenny Jackett (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

‘Obviously for myself, my focus has to be towards picking up results, looking forward and learning from the games we’ve played.

‘You have to do that, because we can’t brush things under the carpet.

‘But mainly, the main focus has to be on how we’re going to turn two draws and a defeat into a winning team.

‘That’s where the attention has to go.

‘A win is what we need and what we have to work towards. As well as that, it’s the biggest thing we can affect.’

Jackett acknowledged the toxic air among supporters, and stated he’d spoken to his players about the mood surrounding Pompey at present.

But he feels all those under the microscope can do is work towards getting the season going in the right direction.

Jackett added: ‘In terms of (what’s taking place) on and off the pitch, you always talk about both.

‘It’s right the way through, but ultimately it’s only on the pitch that you can affect it.

‘Whenever you lose, it’s a long week until the next Saturday when you have the chance to put it right.

‘My focus is now on winning the next game, and I have confidence in the players to do that.

‘I do feel we have a talented squad which can do well this season.

‘We’re three games in and we’ve had two draws and a defeat.

‘We’ve had spells in all of those games, but we’re looking for the complete performance.

‘There’s plenty of the season left and we’re determined to get it right and get our first win.

‘I think we have a good squad and a talented squad, if they can build up ahead of steam they’re one which can do very well this season.’

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