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Jackett: We'll Come Through This

Boss believes football will return stronger

24 April 2020

Kenny Jackett
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Kenny Jackett believes football will recover from the current coronavirus-enforced lockdown.

Right now the focus is, quite rightly, on ensuring we abide by social distancing regulations to protect the NHS.

But there will eventually come a time when these measures are eased and it is safe for football to resume.

And for both sporting and business reasons, Jackett knows that all clubs have to be prepared for that day.

The Blues boss said: “There is that bigger picture globally of making sure everyone’s safe and looking after each other

“But we’ve all got an eye on when the football world can get back to some type of normality and finishing off this season.

“I don’t think there are any clear answers right now, but the important thing is that we all communicate clearly, so that we’re ready to go when there is a lifting of the sanctions.

"How and when we develop an exit strategy as a country is the first thing and then football will work off that."

Kenny Jackett

“My main contact is through Mark Catlin and Tony Brown, but we’ve all spoken to Michael Eisner, Eric Eisner and Andy Redman.

“Dialogue is vital in this scenario to keep updated and make sure we’re prepared for when things do get back to normal.

“As a business, we also need to make sure that everyone is safe and that we can come out of this strongly.

“How and when we develop an exit strategy as a country is the first thing and then football will work off that.

“These are unprecedented times and it’s a global problem, but if we work together and support each other then we come out the other side stronger.

“The finances might change slightly, but there is a popularity in the sport that will always win through.”

With the prospect of the football season continuing over the summer, clubs will have to deal with the issue of deals expiring before it reaches a conclusion.

Jackett said: “There isn’t, unfortunately, a set of answers right now. Contracts run out at the end of June for certain players.

“We’re all aware of that, but every club is in the same situation and it’s a problem we have to work our way around.

“If the player is happy to continue for another month or so after that, then that’s fine. If they’re not, perhaps it’s best someone else plays.

“I don’t think there’s an easy way, but you want people who are committed and I think it’ll be on an individual basis.”


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