Porstmouth manager Kenny Jackett has spoken out after sections of the club’s fans loudly voiced their opposition to his continued employment on Saturday.
Pressure has been growing on the former Millwall and Wolves boss after a dismal start to the campaign and whilst he admits that the chants hurt he insists that the fans were within their rights.
Reporting from his press conference on Monday, BBC reporter Andrew Moon wrote on Twitter: “Kenny Jackett says fans chanting for his removal on Saturday was hurtful but he respects the right of supporters to express their opinion, especially given the defeat.”
Is Portsmouth's clash with Lincoln a must win for Kenny Jackett?
After 11 matches, the South Coast side sit in 18th place, despite being made pre-season promotion candidates by many, just one point above the drop.
Saturday saw them lose 1-0 to relegation threatened AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow, a win that saw the gap between Pompey and the drop zone narrow significantly.
Another tough test awaits them on Tuesday night when Lincoln City visit Fratton Park in what could well prove to be a make or break match for Jackett, with a win potentially seeing them rise to 14th place.
Jackett is not one to show too much emotion, regardless of the circumstances, but I think he is starting to feel the pressure.
Whether the board are continuing to back him or not, is largely irrelevant at the moment. He will know that if discontent among the fans remains and intensifies then Eisner and co will have no option but to act.
Lincoln looks very much like a must win game for them. An away defeat can probably be forgiven but it is at home where they really should be delivering and consistently, otherwise promotion will be completely out of the question.