Millwall will be worse off after Kenny Jackett’s departure
WAS anybody surprised to see Kenny Jackett leave Millwall? The man has been turning dross into gold for six years now but even he could see the writing on the wall.
The good times – the brief surge into the top six, the remarkable run to the FA Cup semi-finals – were but an adrenaline rush; swift, exhilarating but far removed from the humdrum reality of life at the Den.
Since the sale of Darius Henderson and loss of prolific loanee Chris Wood to Leicester, Millwall have utterly lacked inspiration, threat or goals.
Had the season lasted just a fortnight longer, the Lions would have been relegated from the Championship.
And the inescapable fact for Jackett is that it doesn’t look like changing. Run sensibly but tightly, the club cannot afford to compete for top or even mid-level Championship players.
They rely on unearthing gems like Steve Morison, signed from Stevenage for £130,000 and sold to Norwich for £2.3m, to survive.
But even a magician only has so many rabbits. And with increased wonders, but the club feels stagnant. Gates are down. A mate of mine living in Penge is a regular at midweek games.“I always have a cracking night,” he told me last week.“Good chat, good food, a few pints. The football’s the only thing that lets it down.”
Millwall cannot allow that feeling to spread, and even if Jackett did keep them up again, it would be an ugly business.
The Lions need a new face and fresh enthusiasm, whatever division they are in. And Jackett deserves a crack at a club with the financial muscle to merit his considerable talents. parachute payments set to skew the playing field even further, Millwall are being gradually squeezed out of the Championship.
Jackett does not want a relegation on his CV, that is for sure. But as an honourable and decent man, I’m sure he also realises Milwall need new ideas. He has worked