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Jacobs Targeting Another League One Promotion

New signing has won the title on three occasions

14 September 2020

If anybody should know how to win promotion from League One, then it is Michael Jacobs.

The midfielder has helped secure the third tier title on three occasions and is now aiming for more success with Pompey.

He was playing under Kenny Jackett at Wolves for the first of those triumphs, while the two most recent pieces of silverware were claimed with Wigan.

And Jacobs is confident that he can achieve a similar feat after moving to the south coast on an initial two-year deal.

He said: “It’s a great opportunity for me and a new challenge. It’s all happened quite quickly, but I’m delighted to be down here and looking forward to getting started.

“I’ve played as a number 10 or out wide for sides that have been promoted from this league and I want to help this team be up there at the top of the division.

“I obviously know the gaffer and Joe Gallen, as well as Tom Naylor from when we were at Derby, so I had a good chat with him.

"I’ve played as a number 10 or out wide for sides that have been promoted from this league and I want to help this team be up there at the top of the division."

Michael Jacobs

“I got promoted from League One before with this manager at Wolves and I know how he wants to work.

“You look at the size of this club and the way it acts – ultimately the aim is to get out of this division after getting to the play-offs and not quite making it.

“I came down here with Wigan and we got rolled over live on TV. I’ve not really had a good experience playing against Pompey, but you can see it’s a sleeping giant.

“When it’s safe to do, we can hopefully have all the fans back in and get the place really rocking again.

“It’s Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday in League One because of the cups and you’ve got to have a decent squad with everyone pulling in the right direction.”

Jacobs left Wigan at the end of last season after financial troubles ultimately saw them drop into League One.

He said: “It’s difficult when you see people losing their jobs. The club was 13th in the Championship, then ended up in administration and getting relegated.

“To see that happen after spending five years there was really tough. There’s a lot of good people at Wigan and you hope they can come out the other side.”


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