Portsmouth owner Michael Eisner has offered his support to Kenny Jackett and the team after their difficult start to the season.
Pompey have lost two of their opening four fixtures, as well as surrendering a 3-1 lead against Coventry City in midweek, putting some early pressure on Kenny Jackett.
After lifting the EFL Trophy last season and finishing in the top six, expectations are high this time around. Whilst it’s too early for real panic, the owner’s public outpouring of support might be akin to the dreaded ‘vote of confidence’ that used to haunt managers in the past.
“Disappointing Tuesday at Fratton Park, on the pitch and on I follow, but Mark and Kenny will, with the support of the fans, steer the ship with skill and passion as we play 43 more league matches,” the owner tweeted last night.
It was certainly a disappointing night. Pompey not only led 3-1 but also faced ten men for much of the second half, before seeing their opponents reduced to nine men for the final 12 minutes after they pulled a goal back.
Michael Rose grabbed the unlikely leveller for the visitors, prompting not only Eisner’s message to the fans but also several angry responses which you can see below.
1 win in 9 and 7 point from 27, for a team that’s pushing for promotion, gets you sacked whatever league you’re in… style of football has always been resented by fans and now it’s not even getting results, and that tied with awful tactical decisions, means he should go
— Dan (@ClinicalCrouch) August 21, 2019
Kenny categorically does not have the support of the fans anymore.
— Josh (@Joshyb123) August 21, 2019
Mark might, not the other one. Fed up of his negative approach to any match and no philosophy. We’ve won 9 games in 2019. His football is horrific
— Alex (@Read8911) August 21, 2019
Likely to be 40 as bury are likely to be kicked out. However I dont want to be watching the same rubbish for the next 40 games
— Natalie Figgins (@Pompeynat1988) August 21, 2019
Sorry I just don’t agree….. I thought we had our hearts pulled out at Xmas and got it right eventually. We just played so many games and ran out of fuel. It’s been a poor start but an over reaction and changing everything now will put us back months if not years
— Ben Tarling (@BenTarling5) August 21, 2019
Fair play putting your head over the parapet but I feel Kenny has had his day. Football is boring and predictable. Time to roll the dice.
— AndyMac (@beiderbecks) August 21, 2019
Micheal I beg you to address this situation as soon as possible. You and you’re group are undoubtedly the right people to take us to the next level but we need a manager with ambition too, not a dinosaur. We want entertainment not misery
— steve metherell (@mevster1) August 21, 2019
Trouble is Michael we’ve gone backwards so how can we expect to get promoted when we had better players last season. KJ is making very poor decisions and costing us games! I’m all for positivity but sometimes you have to face up to the truth!
— LORRAINE WELLS (@WELLS35) August 21, 2019