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Jackett: We Want To Finish Season

Boss says position is not the only reason for his desire to complete fixtures

7 May 2020

Kenny Jackett
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Kenny Jackett is a keen advocate of getting the current season done and dusted when it is safe to do so.

But he is adamant that eagerness to play is not down to Pompey’s quest for a place in the Championship or safeguarding their trip to Wembley.

Jackett insists he would feel exactly the same if his side had neither promotion or relegation on their mind.

He can see the bigger picture and wherever teams are positioned, feels there is a point to ending proceedings on the field.

The Blues boss said: “I would still want to continue the season if we found ourselves in a mid-table position.

“In that instance, I would want to work hard and view it as an opportunity to start strengthening and setting ourselves up for the following campaign.

"I would still want to continue the season if we found ourselves in a mid-table position."

Kenny Jackett

“Our current motivation is being fourth in the table and two points off an automatic promotion spot, as well as having a Wembley cup final, so it is frustrating at the moment.

“But wherever we happened to be situated at this juncture, there does remain a point to continuing for me.

“I would want to get back and be working towards something the players and I ultimately enjoy – preparing for and playing football matches.

“For that to happen, though, we do have to take advice from the experts and make sure that it is safe before we return.”

Football authorities are waiting to learn how lockdown will be eased before deciding how the sport can resume.

Jackett said: “I think it will start with small groups and, anyway, you limit the amount of contact in training in order to avoid injuries.

“The problems are going to come when you get to the actual games and that’s where you have an issue.”

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