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In Focus: Portsmouth

1 July 2019

Name: Portsmouth Football Club

Founded: 1898

Ground: Fratton Park

Capacity: 19,669

Manager: Kenny Jackett

Last season: Fourth in Sky Bet League One

Having lost out in the Play-Off Semi-Finals in May, Portsmouth will be hoping to mount another promotion challenge in Sky Bet League One next season.

Pompey finished fourth in the third-tier and would lose out to Sunderland over two legs, finishing on 88 points from their 46 fixtures, winning 25, drawing 13 and losing eight to secure a top six finish.

But the Fratton Park club were beaten by the Black Cats in the Play-Off Semi-Finals and will play their football in Sky Bet League One for a third straight campaign.

Kenny Jackett’s men did win silverware in 2018/19, with Portsmouth lifting the Checkatrade Trophy at Wembley Stadium in March, beating Sunderland on penalties.

And after relegation out of the second-tier in 2012, Portsmouth will be aiming to secure a Sky Bet Championship return after seven-years away from the division.

The Hampshire outfit have made one signing so far this summer as preparations continue for the new campaign in August with boss Jackett having recruited defender James Bolton from Shrewsbury Town.

Jackett has been manager of Portsmouth in June 2017 when he replaced Paul Cook who had departed the South Coast to return to his native North-West to manage Wigan Athletic.

The Watford-native led Pompey to eighth in Sky Bet League One in his first season before last term’s fourth placed and a Checkatrade Trophy triumph under the Wembley Stadium arch.

Jackett spent the entirety of his playing career at hometown side Watford after turning professional at Vicarage Road in 1980 under the guidance of Graham Taylor.

He would spend the next decade in the Hornets’ first-team, making 428 appearances, where he was a part of the side who won promotion to the First Division in 1982 before finishing runners-up behind Liverpool a year later.

Jackett, a former Wales international, took up the management position at Watford in 1996 having been an assistant to Taylor previously.

In April 2004, Jackett was appointed Swansea City manager, leading the Swans to a Football League Trophy victory in 2005.

Jackett returned to first-team management with Millwall in November 2007 following a stint coaching Manchester City’s reserve team.

During his six-years in South-East London, Jackett won promotion with the Lions to the Championship via the Play-Offs in 2010.

Jackett moved onto Wolverhampton Wanderers in May 2013 and guided the club to an immediate Sky Bet League One title win in May 2014.

A brief stint at Rotherham United followed before the 57-year-old was appointed at Portsmouth two-years ago – guiding them to Wembley Stadium success in March.

Tranmere Rovers’ last fixture with Pompey came in a 3-2 defeat away at Fratton Park in February 2015 when both clubs were competing in Sky Bet League Two.

TRFC’s record against Portsmouth currently stands at won 14, drawn seven and lost 13.


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