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Jackett: Frontline Workers Deserve Our Gratitude

Boss provides update on how his squad are training during the lockdown

30 March 2020

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

The current lockdown has limited the amount of training that Pompey’s squad can partake in.

But Kenny Jackett expects his players to still be working hard to maintain their physical and mental wellbeing.

When the football season is eventually able to resume, they will need to be ready to compete as quickly as possible.

And Jackett does not want to complain about this frustrating period while there are so many key workers providing essential services.

The Blues boss said: “If we’re bored or kicking our heels a bit, then that’s nothing compared to those on the frontline who deserve our support and gratitude.

“But I think there’s a real community spirit there to rally around the key workers, like all those great people in the NHS.

“All of our players have got individual programmes and are given a fresh one by Jack Hughes (physio) and Jeff Lewis (head of sports science) every Monday.

"They still need to live the life of an athlete because whenever we do get the nod to start up again – which is down to the powers that be – we need to be ready."

Kenny Jackett

“There’s a combination of long and short-distance running, as well as some stuff with a ball when possible.

“We also give them revised gym work and everyone has a smart watch, so we can track their training through that.

“Whether you’re a footballer or not, physical and mental fitness go hand-in-hand – that’s why the government have allowed people to go out and get some exercise. It’s so important.

“Our guys also have to take responsibility for themselves and be disciplined with things like their diet.

“They still need to live the life of an athlete because whenever we do get the nod to start up again – which is down to the powers that be – we need to be ready.”

Five members of the Pompey squad tested positive for coronavirus and Jackett revealed that they are recovering well.

He said: “They’re all fine and nobody has any symptoms, but are following the instructions to self-isolate.

“When that’s over with they’ll want to get outside and have a bit of fresh air, while returning to some form of training.”


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