Kenny Jackett Leaves Role as Portsmouth Boss

Kenny Jackett

Portsmouth have confirmed that Kenny Jackett has departed his role as first-team manager.

His final game came against Salford City, as Pompey were defeated on penalties by the League Two side in the 2020 Papa John’s Trophy Final.

Kenny Jacket Departs as Portsmouth Manager

Time for Change

While Jackett enjoyed a fair amount of success at Fratton Park, he failed in achieving promotion to the Championship. As a result, it was ultimately time for a change.

Jackett helped the club win the EFL Trophy during his time with the club, but that success was coupled with two defeats in the League One play-off semi-finals against Sunderland and Oxford United retrospectively.

Results this season have been too inconsistent for a side looking to make their way out of the division. They are currently seventh in League One, having won just three of their last 12.

The final straw for Jackett, however, was in their defeat to Salford City in the Papa John’s Trophy final. Portsmouth were the defending champions, but lost to the League Two side on penalties after neither side could be separated during the 90 minutes. It was a poor performance from his side; Portsmouth registered just two shots on target in comparison to Salford’s seven.

What Was Said?

Speaking about the decision to part company with Kenny Jackett to the official Portsmouth website, Mark Caitlin, the club’s Chief Executive said: “Portsmouth Football Club would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Kenny for the work he has done during his near four-year spell at the club and we all wish him well for the future.

“It has been an emotional past few weeks for everyone associated with Pompey and we now begin the process – which will be as short as possible – of appointing someone who we believe can give us the best chance of finishing inside the top six. These talks begin today.”

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