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Jackett: Individual Views Will Be Respected

Boss will speak to all his players before training resumes

29 April 2020

Kenny Jackett
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Kenny Jackett will be sympathetic to any Pompey player who feels vulnerable about returning from lockdown.

He is in regular contact with his squad and will speak to them all individually before any resumption to full training.

There is currently no decision on when the season will restart, although there will naturally come a time when social distancing regulations are relaxed.

Arsenal are one of the clubs who have recently started a limited form of training at their London Colney base.

But Jackett will ensure all his players are comfortable when the time comes for the Pompey squad to reconvene.

The Blues boss said: “I will be speaking to everyone and I know their feelings, with different family situations.

"“As far as I’m concerned everybody’s personal situation and views should be listened to and respected."

Kenny Jackett

“They may be in a unit where someone is in a vulnerable category and I do think decisions have to be made on an individual basis.

“I would never want to force anyone to play – in any situation – because you don’t get the best out of people.

“All our players speak and communicate well and have a good take on the current situation we are in.

"They are genuinely missing football at the moment and wanting to come back to it if they can.

“That being said, it is an individual matter for everyone and won’t necessarily be uniform across the whole squad.

“As far as I’m concerned everybody’s personal situation and views should be listened to and respected.”


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