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‘Genuinely upset by this’ – This departure hit these Portsmouth fans hard, but it has proven to be for the greater good

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After winning promotion to League One under Paul Cook, Portsmouth fans will have felt their road back to the Premier League was well and truly open. 

The feel-good factor had returned to Fratton Park and hopes were high that they could even make it back-to-back promotions into the Championship during the 2017/18 season.

But with manager Paul Cook departing to join Wigan Athletic, those hopes took a bit of a knock.

The appointment of Kenny Jackett was a promising one, but the unease that came with it unsettled the fans who wanted to see the same group continue their push up the pyramid.

With the former Wolves and Millwall boss’s arrival came a few shake-ups, most notably affecting one of Pompey’s players of the season from the previous campaign.

This is FLW Rewind where we take a look back at a big decision made by a club, analyse the initial reaction and document what happened next.

In the 2016/17 campaign, Gary Roberts, a man who has always been loyal to Cook, played a big part in their promotion scoring ten goals and assisting ten more in 41 League Two games.

But with his contract running out, both he and Jackett felt it was time to move on and freshen things up, a move that did not go down particularly well with the fans:

But after a decent first season with the club in which they narrowly missed out on the League One play-offs, Jackett has begun to endear himself to the Fratton Park faithful.

His own signings that summer such as Dion Donohue, Brett Pitman and Oliver Hawkins all impressed and he added even more impressive recruits in the most recent window.

Tom Naylor, Ronan Curtis and Andre Green have all been outstanding, helping the club reach the summit of the League One table, a position they have not left in months.

As big a blow as the Roberts loss may have been at the time, it was clearly for the greater good in the end.

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