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Jackett will get mixed reception, says ex-Millwall assistant

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FORMER Millwall assistant manager Joe Gallen expects Kenny Jackett to receive a mixed reception when he returns to The Den for the first time this Saturday.

Jackett, now in charge of Wolves, has not been back to South Bermondsey since he stepped down as Lions boss two summers ago.

His resignation in May 2013 brought a five-and-a-half-year tenure at the club to an end.

Gallen, who assisted Jackett for much of that time before following him to Molineux, has praised Millwall's "great supporters" ahead of Wolves' trip to south London this weekend.

But after a warm pre-match welcome, Gallen expects Jackett to get plenty of stick during the 90 minutes.

"I've got a funny feeling the fans will give Kenny a good welcome and then get after him!" he told Wolves' official YouTube channel.

"That's just part of the game and you wouldn't want it any other way. When we were in the other dugout at The Den, that's how we liked it.

"We haven't been back to Millwall since we left and we were there for quite a long time.

"It's an excellent club. There's a reputation about Millwall which is unfounded in my eyes.

"They have great supporters and can create a really intimidating atmosphere. There are good people on the inside and outside of the club.

"I have got nothing but good things to say about Millwall. We're looking forward to seeing some friendly faces."

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28 thoughts on “Jackett will get mixed reception, says ex-Millwall assistant

  • October 13, 2014 at 13:03
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    welcome back i say. kj done a hell of a lot for us while he was here, i think he deserves a standing ovation when he comes out of that tunnel!

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    • October 13, 2014 at 15:52
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      @steveomfc5: I for one will clap him out the tunnel but as soon as that whistle goes he is just another manager trying to take points off and will give him a bit of light hearted banter COYL

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  • October 13, 2014 at 13:06
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    Give KJ a good clap before the game, when the game starts give him a Millwall welcome......

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  • October 13, 2014 at 13:13
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    KJ did well for us but we don't owe him anything..... show our gratitude before the game but once that whistle goes he's no different from any other manager that sits in the away dugout!!

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  • October 13, 2014 at 13:35
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    Personally been looking forward to this one since the fixtures came out.
    We've had the debate more than once on here about people's feelings about him and it's everyone's choice of course to do or say what they want.
    Most importantly we need those 3 precious points.
    I think it will be a brilliant atmosphere.
    Can't wait.

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    • October 13, 2014 at 14:40
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      @wall2wall: I think he'll get a good reception before the match. He did a great job for us on a really limited budget and always reprented the club well.

      Results didn't go so well in his last 4/5 months, but even then we still stayed up and he got us to the semi-finals of the cup. He left when he knew he couldn't take us any further - a true gentleman, which is something you can't say very often in football.

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      • October 13, 2014 at 14:49
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        @Micky Lions
        I'm sure he will Micky.
        As you say a true gent. I will be on my feet applauding him before kick off.
        Then it's down to business and 3 points just as Gallen says.

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  • October 13, 2014 at 13:42
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    Jackett you down a good job you stopped the rot & got us to the championship.that we thank you for.but now your the opposition so the only wave your get out of me is a one handed one..

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  • October 13, 2014 at 13:53
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    Any idea of how many tickets we sold for sat ?

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    • October 13, 2014 at 14:49
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      @gman: not a clue but they are on sale to the general puplic..doubt it will be a sell out

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  • October 13, 2014 at 14:33
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    "SORT IT OUT JACKETT!"

    Haha, he'll be getting a warm reception from me, he's done a lot for our club. Can't say the same about tubby James Henry though...

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  • October 13, 2014 at 15:02
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    not this old sausage again, not gonna clap, not gonna boo, get on with your ovation, 3 pts will do nicely. got me watford tickets, got to be cheapest away game of the season £14.

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    • October 13, 2014 at 15:05
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      @TONY BLOCK28: ps hope fat b.o.l.l.o.c.k.s henry is on the bench coz he will get slaughtered down in the corner when he warms up!! ha! ha!

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  • October 13, 2014 at 15:10
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    I can only speak for my family but we will be giving Kenny a warm welcome at the Den on Saturday one of the better managers we have had at Millwall in recent times in my opinion . When being interviewed he always came across as classy and stuck up for our supporters on many occasions . I would have loved to have seen Kenny get the same financial backing that Lomas and now Olly have been given I think he could have possibly taken us to the premiership but I guess we will never know .
    Come 3 oclock Saturday Kenny and Joe will be the enemy but im sure they wouldn't expect anything less .

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  • October 13, 2014 at 16:30
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    Show our respect and admiration for the man by giving him plenty of stick and seeing if his players can handle the pressure. KJ understands what we are about, no lack of respect, we just want to make sure he gets nothing from the game. After the game he deserves a round of applause regardless of the score.

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  • October 13, 2014 at 16:32
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    The only reason kenny left the club is because he was not given any money to spend (the usual millwall story over the decades) I think he did a brilliant job at the den but realised without financial support he could not take the lions any further. Look what he is doing at wolves with a few bob to spend.

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  • October 13, 2014 at 16:59
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    I am for one glad to see that people on here plan to give KJ a good reception. i think he deserves it he done a great job on a limited budget would love to see him come back as manager maybe one day> he left when he knew he would not be able to do any more with us like a proper gent great reception from me before and after the game.

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  • October 13, 2014 at 19:27
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    Jackett knows what to expect on Saturday, he knows he will get a bit of stick and a bit of banter once the game starts. But hopefully he'll get a great reception, which he deserves for doing a great job in the five years he was manager.

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    • October 13, 2014 at 20:51
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      @harry2310: but not from any on here apparently. .......... Sit down a Gerbil chops.

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  • October 13, 2014 at 20:11
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    No mixed reception from me. He'll get nothing but a standing applause !
    He's a Millwall great in my opinion.
    Then , at 3pm it's business as usual

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    • October 13, 2014 at 20:19
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      @Block 8: me too block. Had some great times under KJ, but that's history. A win on Saturday is what matters now.

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  • October 13, 2014 at 20:50
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    Hello Kenny are you ok...........take that you c*** Millwall 4 Woves nil, get in. ...........Nice to see you Kenny

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  • October 13, 2014 at 20:53
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    I clap and appreciate any player or boss or member of staff who grafted for us and adhered to our code and served us well.

    Tim Cahill is a legend for showing these qualities. Not so long ago we all went spare over the fact that IH criticised the fans, KJ saw some things from us lot in his time that sometimes crossed the line to the extreme (Wembley the main one) and he said sod all. He knew the club. He did his best. He left when logic said he should be that for his best interests or ours???

    Good man. Deserves respect!!!

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    • October 13, 2014 at 23:27
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      @JonnyBanks: there's very few managers that get out and out respect from the millwall faithful..wilkins & wise for getting us to the fa cup final.a day that we will never forget..then there's JD for bringing hurlock to the den and getting us to the top league..so jackett ranks along side these managers..but that is history now..o wont applaud him simply cos i dont get to the den much before ko..but after saturday i wish you all the luck in the world..

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  • October 13, 2014 at 23:27
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    KJ did us no harm only tried his best and seemed a decent bloke,ok the football was boring at times but you cant have it all. Will clap him on and off no matter what. As long as we win.

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  • October 14, 2014 at 11:50
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    Reading the SLP. Olly has been quoted has saying if malone dont prove himself he will consider selling him come jan..and that goes for the other 8 who's contract expires in the summer..for the life of me i cant see what malone has to do..imo

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