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Kenny: We Can’t Let The Grass Grow

Boss ready for a busy summer at Pompey

23 May 2019

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Sean Ryan/PinPep

Kenny Jackett led Pompey for a gruelling 62 matches during the 2018/19 campaign.

So he could perhaps be forgiven for lying down on a beach somewhere and putting football to the back of the mind.

Business does not shut down over the summer, however, and there is plenty of work to do before the squad reconvene at the end of June.

And Jackett wants to make his squad even stronger after narrowly missing out on promotion last term.

The Blues boss said: “I’ve spoken to the board and most of that has been around future planning and where we go from here.

“You can’t afford to let the grass grow under your feet and the team – and the club – has to keep evolving.

“The budget will probably be similar and we want to keep our consistency if we can, while trying to go one better next season.

"Summer is a big time in football and we want to build in order to keep progressing."

Kenny Jackett

“I 100 per cent believe that we’ll be competitive again, as we attempt to take one of those three promotion places.

“We do need to freshen up and strengthen our group. Summer is a big time in football and we want to build in order to keep progressing.”

Nathan Thompson’s contract expires soon, while reports in the media have linked Matt Clarke and Jamal Lowe with moves away from Fratton Park.

Jackett said: “Nathan wanted to see where things are in the summer and I’m sure he’ll be assessing his options, although there’s no news yet.

“We’ve always stated that we want him to stay here and I appreciated his honesty that he wanted to concentrate on his football last season.

“His effort and consistency never waivered during that time and I have a great deal of respect for him because of that.

“We’ve had no offers for any other players, although there’s been a lot of speculation – you’ll always get that at a big club like Pompey.

“You can only react if and when people put money on the table and it’s hard to speak about whether other sides will make bids.”

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