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Jackett: An Excellent System

Boss keen to protect the structure of English football

18 May 2020

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Kenny Jackett
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The lengthy football shutdown could have serious ramifications for football.

But Kenny Jackett believes that the challenge of securing promotion from League One will remain a difficult one whenever the sport resumes.

With most income streams disappearing overnight, finances are likely to be affected across all levels of the game.

Jackett believes it is important to protect the English system and expects to have to fight just as hard in order to achieve success.

The Blues boss said: “I think that League One will be similar to the division we already know, although there might be an adjustment in money.

“But the Premier League has such an influx of top foreign players and that makes it the strongest in the world. It’s very competitive.

"Going up from one division to another has always been a challenge. It will be no different and you’ll still have to work hard to earn it."

Kenny Jackett

“In turn, that shunts a lot of very good footballers who cannot get into the top sides down to the Championship and our division.

“That has ensured an excellent system and it’s something that we definitely want to protect moving forward.

“Going up from one division to another has always been a challenge. It will be no different and you’ll still have to work hard to earn it.

“And when we do get there, I certainly do feel that we’ll be capable of competing at that higher level.”

There is still plenty of debate about whether League One clubs will continue or cancel the 2019/20 campaign.

Jackett said: “There are conflicting reports, but our job is to make sure people are ready should the decision be made to restart.

“Things will have to come to a head soon, though, and there’s just no way of keeping everyone happy.”


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