Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Jackett named Millwall boss

Manchester City reserve team manager Kenny Jackett has left the club to become manager of Division One Millwall.

The former Watford defender, who joined City in March this year, was given permission to talk to the Lions following the recent departure of Willie Donachie from the New Den.

Kenny has previously managed at Watford and Swansea, who he took into Division One via the play-offs in 2005.

As Blues reserve team manager, Kenny won the Manchester Senior Cup in 2007, his young side sweeping rivals Manchester United aside 3-1 at Old Trafford.

Sven-Goran Eriksson has paid tribute to Kenny, saying: "We wish him good luck, I’m sorry that we have lost him because he has been doing a great job since I came to the club.

"He’s worked particularly well with the youngsters, and also helped us out with the first team when Hans was away. He goes with our best wishes and we wish him good luck for the future."


Jackett of course was brought in by Stuart Pearce to fill a gap created by Frankie Bunn's departure, and probably proved a useful link for Eriksson when he arrived at the club - particularly so when Hans Backe left the club.

Was it the lure of being the main man and getting back into management that prompted the decision, or did he feel that perhaps his role was not what it was when Pearce was at the club. After all, Eriksson has brought both Backe and Tord Grip to the club - not to mention Derek Fazackerley still retaining a role.

With the youngsters that have, and are coming through to the first team though, it is a role that has some importance at the club and it will be a key decision that Eriksson makes in deciding who he brings in, or puts into the position to replace Jackett.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Replacing KJ is indeed of the greatest importance. To maintain the conveyer belt of talent produced by JC and his staff at the Academy which is vital for the future of MCFC.

I would prefer a former 'City Family Member' like Paul Simpson for example to be considered. Obviously, the role requires managerial experience but is not a high profile job and that's where the problem may lie in getting a suitable replacement at this stage of the season. CTID