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Jackett: Plenty Of Planning

Boss reveals what is keeping him busy during lockdown

13 April 2020

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

The current coronavirus pandemic means that many of us have had to get used to working from our homes.

Dining room tables, sofas and even beds have become makeshift desks because of the requirement to stay indoors and protect the NHS.

Football clubs are not immune to the guidelines and even though the season has been suspended, there are still jobs to do.

And Kenny Jackett has explained what is keeping him busy before the training and games can start up again.

The Blues boss said: “I’ve been able to use scouting platforms to have an extensive look right across the leagues.

“That’s an excellent resource and you incorporate some of it into the information that’s gathered by our recruitment team.

“We’ve been able to really look in detail on the other League One sides and why, for example, some of them have been performing well.

"We do need to pause for thought, reset and be ready to go again in order to capitalise on the good position we’re in."

Kenny Jackett

“There’s plenty of interesting feedback and we’re also doing a lot of planning because there’s obviously more time to think about things.

“When we do come back – although we don’t know when that will be at the moment – we have to be ready.

“So we do need to pause for thought, reset and be ready to go again in order to capitalise on the good position we’re in.

“We’re also supporting all the players during this period – fitness is a part of it, but not the only thing to consider.

“I’ve been in contact with them, but so have Mark Catlin, Joe Gallen, (head physio) Bobby Bacic, (first team physio) Jack Hughes and (head of sports science) Jeff Lewis.”

Jackett knows his side will not have long to get up to speed once football is eventually allowed to resume.

He said: “We’ve told all of the players that they can’t expect a lengthy pre-season period and there will likely be just a couple of weeks for training.

“It’s going to be different and they understand that because everyone wants to get the games going as soon as possible.

“Once we get the green light to start work again – whenever that is – the matches will quickly be following.

“But at least we’ve got over the few injuries that we did have. Everyone’s currently fit and able to get outside to train, while following the current guidelines.”


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