Portsmouth Appoint Jackett

Last updated : 02 June 2017 By Jim Bonner

Kenny Jackett has been confirmed as the new manager of Portsmouth FC on a two-year-contract.

The 55-year-old replaces Paul Cook with his last managerial role at Rotherham, where he resigned after just five games after being made false promises with the Millers.

Prior to that, Kenny has led Millwall to League One promotion with Millwall via the play-offs as well as an F.A Cup semi-final and also won the third tier title when in charge of Wolves, recording a record points total in the process.

Jackett has also won promotion from League Two with Swansea having begun his career in management with Watford in 1996, having spent his entire playing career there, and he then went into coaching at QPR before taking the job at Vetch Field.

This is an excellent appointment for Pompey, make no mistake about it. Jackett's CV speaks for itself and there have been so many players and journalists who have worked with him who cannot speak highly enough of him.

He is a meticulous, professional man who will look at improving every aspect of the football club. Like his predecessor, Jackett is known to favour a 4-2-3-1 formation but also likes a traditional 4-4-2, preferring to stay flexible when it comes to tactics.

Pompey have a manager who can make players better and isn't afraid to put a few noses out of joint if it's for the sake of the team. Wolves fans were disappointed to see him leave and on the evidence above it's easy to see why.

Therefore, the bad news about Cook leaving for Wigan has quickly been erased as Pompey have received compensation for his departure and managed to bring in someone with better credentials.

Mark Catlin should receive an immense amount of credit for not only bringing someone of Jackett's calibre to Fratton Park but also to do it so quickly. It was only this time last week that Cook was allowed to talk to Wigan and so the contigency plan has worked efficiently.

Hopefully this appointment won't raise expectations of promotion in Pompey's first season back in League One too much. We have to remember that the club has only just been promoted and has lost its manager who won the title as well as its captain and best player. It's only natural that some of the promotion winning momentum may be lost.

Therefore, the new manager deserves some time to set the foundations for Pompey to move forward and it will be interesting to see what he wants to do with the current playing squad, how he wants to add to it and what visions he has for the academy, too.

Welcome to Portsmouth, Kenny. We wish you all the best.