This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Portsmouth are facing up to another year in League One after watching their promotion dream go up in flames last night as they were beaten on penalties by Oxford United.
As per Portsmouth News, boss Kenny Jackett has indicated he wants to stick around at Fratton Park and build again heading into next season, but there’s no denying the question marks surrounding his job.
Our writers discuss whether Jackett should continue ahead of 2020/21…
I’m really torn on this.
I think if I had a gun to my head, a strange situation to be in, I’d say he should probably leave.
He’s an experienced manager and I think he deserves more praise than he sometimes gets, whilst he knows his way around the EFL and has had success before.
However, it seems as though a fair amount of fans would welcome change and I just whether those fresh ideas a new manager would bring in would rejuvenate the club after going close twice in the last two years.
I’d say make a change but make it a good one because being careful what you wish for could end up ringing true if the change is wrong.
It’s a really tough one.
Ultimately, the former Wolves boss has failed to get Pompey back to the second tier at the third time of asking.
Jackett is a level-headed, likeable manager that has delivered success at Portsmouth with the Checkatrade Trophy win, but fans of the south coast club will be wanting promotion more than anything and they are going to have to wait another season for it.
I think perhaps Pompey could do with a fresh set of eyes here, and a new impetus to reinvigorate the club’s fortunes and launch a serious automatic promotion push next season.
There is seemingly a clear divide amongst the Pompey faithful with regards to Jackett’s status, and I just think a shift to someone new whom the whole fanbase can fully get behind may be the way to go.
As aforementioned though, it’s a tough one, and a decision the Portsmouth hierarchy are going to take a lot of time to mull over.
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Surely his time is up.
This was arguably Portsmouth’s best chance of winning promotion into the Championship given the likes of Ipswich and Sunderland’s struggles this season.
Therefore, to miss out on promotion via the play-offs once again, will be hugely frustrating for the club’s supporters.
Jackett has had time to build a side that is capable of winning promotion into the second tier, but ultimately, he hasn’t done that.
I think Portsmouth need to look towards the future and challenging for promotion next season, and appointing a new manager with fresh ideas should be top of their priority list.
It should be a no-brainer for Pompey to look elsewhere.