Under-pressure Kenny Jackett reveals his future plans after Portsmouth suffer play-off heartbreak

Kenny Jackett has failed to reach the Championship with Portsmouth at the third attempt but insists he is determined to see the job through on the south coast.

Tuesday, 7th July 2020, 9:54 am

Portsmouth are facing up to the reality of another season in League One after a penalty shoot-out defeat to Oxford United in the play-off semi-final.

Wycombe Wanderers beat Fleetwood Town over two legs in the other play-off so Oxford and Wycombe will battle it out at Wembley later this month for promotion to the Championship.

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Kenny Jackett, Portsmouth manager.

Jackett insists his desire to take Pompey up remains as strong as ever, though the club is facing a summer overhaul of players.

Jackett told the Portsmouth News: “It is there, very much so [desire for the job].

“I do feel there is a good squad to build it on.

“We’ve had a very consistent time and that’s what we’ve tried to work for.

“We’ve fallen now twice at the play-off hurdles with not much in the games and not getting the rub of the green.

“I do feel there’s been consistency and we do aspire to be better. We have to keep trying to build.

“The supporters will be disappointed.

“The record as a club shows we’ve not won a single play-off game.

“We’ve had two 1-1 draws really and lost the second one 5-4 on penalties.

“We have to break that down if we can and keep going.”

On the plans for this summer ahead of the 2020-21 campaign Jackett added: “We have a nucleus under contract and they’re coming back no matter what division we’re in.

“I do think we have a nucleus of a good. There’ll be changes but won’t be wholesale changes needed.”

League One rivals Sunderland are also facing a busy summer with boss Phil Parkinson aiming to bring in between seven and eight new signings ahead of the new season.

There is no clarity yet on when that may be however, with clubs waiting for EFL guidance.