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Jackett: The Landscape Will Change

Boss looks at how the coronavirus pandemic will affect transfer market

1 May 2020

Kenny Jackett
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Kenny Jackett believes football managers will have to start relying more on their current crop of players.

The current coronavirus pandemic is expected to have lasting consequences once the sport resumes, including on the transfer market.

It could see a different landscape forming that ensures clubs are more cautious before making expensive acquisitions.

And Jackett feels that the emphasis will shift even further towards bosses getting the best out of the talent alread at their disposal.

The Blues boss said: “Every manager is looking for something different – perhaps they’ve missed a player who has been out injured and this little break has given everyone a chance to get fit.

“The next thing after that is starting to look at your squad and analyse the season that you have just had.

"There will certainly be some caution to it and, financially speaking, the landscape will be different – there’s no doubt about that."

Kenny Jackett

“But whenever football does start up again, for managers and coaches it will be about making the most of those guys you’ve already got.

“I think that is going to be the economic fact of things, although I’m not saying there won’t be a trade in players.

“But there will certainly be some caution to it and, financially speaking, the landscape will be different – there’s no doubt about that.

“So you have got to concentrate on those players you have and getting the best out of them if you can.

“You can also look to bring on some younger guys and give them the opportunity to prosper whenever possible.

“It will change slightly and given that you won’t be able to alter that, it will bring a manager’s skill and qualities to the fore.”


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