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Jackett: Getting The Message Across

Boss says managers will have to adapt when football returns

23 May 2020

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Kenny Jackett
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Pompey’s players are going to have to adapt to new measures when League One football is finally allowed to resume.

But Kenny Jackett believes it will be the same for the managers and coaches who need to get them into shape.

The importance of social distancing is likely to affect things like training and even the pre-match team-talk.

Jackett is waiting for further instructions, but more than two months since the sport was suspended, he is happy to be flexible.

The Blues boss said: “Everyone wants to get back to what we consider ‘normal’ – and it’s no different in football.

“There is a greater good and a cause we have all been focusing on in recent times. It’s also been a period for reflection.

"I’m not sure it will be a virtual team-talk and we’re still waiting to hear how it’s going to work in terms of being in a room together."

Kenny Jackett

“We all miss it – whether that’s the players, the coaches or the fans. When it’s safe and right, we all want to come back.

“On the day of that first game, I don’t think anyone will need any motivation. It will be more a case of organising and offering direction and focus.

“I’m not sure it will be a virtual team-talk and we’re still waiting to hear how it’s going to work in terms of being in a room together.

“I can see it being a case of everyone gathering loosely at the side of the pitch and keeping a form of social distancing.

“But when training starts up again and we can have group session, we’ll make sure the players know what’s needed.

“You can also speak to them on an individual basis if you’re feeling that they’re not sure about their roles.

“There certainly won’t be the kind of meetings there once were – certainly not at the start – so you have to be good enough to get the message across in different ways.”


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