Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett dismisses ‘speculation’ linking him with vacant manager’s job at QPR

Kenny Jackett insisted any reports linking him with the vacant manager’s job at QPR is ‘just speculation’.

Thursday, 4th April 2019, 3:21 pm
Updated Thursday, 4th April 2019, 3:27 pm
Pompey boss Kenny Jackett

The Championship side are on the lookout for a new boss following the sacking of Steve McClaren on Monday.

The former England manager was dismissed following Saturday’s Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Bolton – the R’s’ 10th league defeat in 13 matches.

Meanwhile, QPR’s FA Cup fourth-round replay win against Pompey in the capital back in February was only one of three victories overseen by McClaren since the turn of the year.

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Pompey boss Kenny Jackett

Jackett, who was assistant manager to Ian Holloway at Loftus Road between 2001-04, has been among those linked with the job.

However, as Jackett prepares his side to face Wycombe at Adams Park in League One on Saturday, he said he’d heard nothing from QPR, insisting any links were pure conjecture.

‘I’d think it’s just speculation,' said Jackett.

‘Unfortunately, manager’s lose their jobs.

‘There’s a lot of speculation there, but I’ve heard nothing.

‘And as I’ve said, I’d estimate in this case it’s speculation.’

Jackett saw his side lift the Checkatrade Trophy following a penalty shootout win against Sunderland on Sunday.

Pompey are currently fourth in League One – five points behind second-placed Barnsley with one less game played.

Tim Sherwood is the heavy favourite to take the reins at Loftus Road, with Charlton manager Lee Bowyer next in the betting.