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Pearce grabs his Jackett

Not quite as I expected it to pan out, but it seems that one of the issues on the agenda at Monday's 'lengthy' board meeting was to ratify the appointment of Kenny Jackett as reserve-team manager, although Stuart Pearce was quick to point out his role/duties would not be restricted solely to reserve team matters:

"He’ll take our reserves, but because of the squad and the nature of how we operate he will be working with the first team for a fair proportion of the week and will be involved on match days at the weekend.He’s enthusiastic, he’s a good man and I think he’ll be a major asset to this football club.

"I have two assistants now that have both managed and that in some ways is invaluable. Steve Wigley has been a fantastic help to me and Kenny will fit in well.

"Maybe at the end of the changes I now have a better staff than I did two weeks ago."


Jackett seemed to be doing a good job with Swansea until the end of last season, and was perhaps unlucky not to take them up into the Championship, but the wheels came off a little this campaign and he left the club by 'mutual consent'. Still, Pearce appears confident in him and following the departures of Flowers and Bunn the coaching staff needed padding out again.

So it seems that Pearce's position is safe for now, or certainly until the end of the season, and whilst it may not be on the scale of a new appointment to the managers position, maybe Jackett's appointment will give the playing staff a lift over the coming weeks.