Jackett to "regenerate" squad as Henderson heads to Forest

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© Edmund Boyden

KENNY Jackett has set out his plans to "regenerate" Millwall's strikeforce in the wake of Darius Henderson's imminent switch to Nottingham Forest.

Henderson travelled to the City Ground on Thursday to complete the formalities of the move and is expected to be confirmed as a Forest player before the weekend.

His exit leaves Andy Keogh as the only proven Championship forward within the Lions' squad but Jackett has underlined his commitment to bringing in reinforcements.



Jackett said: "Darius has got permission to speak to Forest this morning and we will see how those talks go. We've got to presume they will be successful.

"But I would rather wait until the decision has been made and he does sign before commenting further. If Darius does go, I would thank him for what he's done and I would wish him all the best.

"I think generally our forward line and creative side of our team does need regenerating. We need some changes – some people coming in and some people going out. This is part of that process.



"His contract is up in the summer and he has an opportunity now for us to either give him a new contract or he moves on. It's that sort of timing really. We'll see how talks go.

"He scored 19 goals last season and seven goals this season. His contract is up in the summer and we do need to regenerate that area a little bit and bring in some different players.

"Creating and scoring goals is definitely the toughest part of the game and is certainly the most expensive. How we take our forward line forward and how we plan is a big question.

"It's going to be a big challenge to try to make sure we can capitalise on our good position in the league and our season so far – we don't want, and I don't want, the season to fall away.

"In terms of the planning of the squad, we're going to have to work hard to stay up around the top six. We recognise the opportunity that we have.

"Myself and the chairman are mindful that we need to add – we both think that. Adding the right players, enthusiasm and some freshness is a big thing."

While Jackett admits Henderson's departure could leave Millwall short of attacking options in the coming weeks, he says he is looking forward to remoulding his squad for the future.

"The timing doesn't fall perfectly," he said. "Improving a squad of players is not an exact science. Nathan Tyson coming in and getting injured on his debut is not an ideal situation.

"In the short term, there will be opportunities for other people – opportunities they do want and will be looking for. Then we have to work to get options and people coming in.

"The Aston Villa game will look after itself. I think we'll get a really positive performance from the players on Friday. But in the games coming up, it's going to be tough and we do need to improve.

"If we could bring in players today, we would. But the good thing is the loan window opens again in February. We will try to improve the squad and if that happens in January, that would be terrific.

"If it happens before the Barnsley game next Tuesday, or Hull after that, that would be great.

"But if I have to wait to get the right players and the right blend in, I will do that. It is an ongoing process considering the market we are in."

Supporters have questioned why Henderson has been allowed to hold talks with Forest given that the Lions have struggled to score goals in the wake of Chris Wood's move to Leicester City.

And Jackett says he sympathises with their point of view. "I can see their frustration and wonder – it is a situation where they will be thinking who is going to score the goals," he said.

"We didn't choose to let Wood go. My bosses made a very, very good offer. Unfortunately, we lost him. We've lost a number of goals within the squad but I felt changes needed to be made anyway.

"The focus is on the players that play on Friday night and then, going forward, how I strengthen the squad in the second-half of the season."

Jackett was critical of Millwall's lack of character in their 2-0 defeat to Burnley last Saturday but he does not believe the loss of Wood at the start of the month has affected morale.

He said: "The last game Wood played in was against Barnsley when we lost 2-1, and morale didn't seem a lot different then.

"I'm telling the players we have to be upbeat when it's freezing cold – you can see that type of game where, for whatever reasons, you sometimes lose that little bit of spark.

"I would be very disappointed if it was to do with morale or attitude. Footballers' general opinion and impression is that players come and go.

"Players are friends but it's like passing ships in the night, to some degree – just look at team photos from one year to the next.

"Last Saturday wasn't a thrashing by any means and we had our moments, but overall Burnley had an edge, a bit too much balance and know-how."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

25 thoughts on “Jackett to "regenerate" squad as Henderson heads to Forest

  • January 24, 2013 at 13:14
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    "In the short term, there will be opportunities for other people - opportunities they do want and will be looking for"

    Who are these other people - N'guessan has had his oppertunity and blown it. Other than Marquis there doesnt seem to be anything else

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  • January 24, 2013 at 13:14
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    So looks like more loans in February then.... Lets hope we negotiate deals that allow us to keep the successful ones.

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  • January 24, 2013 at 13:15
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    In Kenneth Francis jackett I trust.

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  • January 24, 2013 at 13:17
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    Marquis, Batt, NGuessen, OBrien

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  • January 24, 2013 at 13:19
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    So the Villa game will be a measuring stick to see where we are. I can see Wilkinson getting on on Friday. And MAYBE one loan deal after the window closes...

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  • January 24, 2013 at 13:19
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    Sounds to me like he isnt going to be bringing anyone in!! yeah we'll probably get a loan in Feb but loans aren't good enough and the fact KJ has even brough that up suggests to me he's going to stick with what we've got - might aswel go 1 up top with Keogh! N'Guessen, Batt and Marquis are all nowhere near good enough for this level. It's obvious KJ has nobody lined up so letting Hendo go right now is a mistake!

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  • January 24, 2013 at 13:40
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    Pragmatic, realistic and committed to Millwall FC. KJ is bang on the money - his choice of words are interesting - regenerate the creative side - building a team around Henry, Trotter & Keogh. The last few home games have shown me that the loss of Chris Taylor to injury has had more impact the Henderson's imminent departure.

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  • January 24, 2013 at 13:49
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    I agree that Keogh is the only one who looks good enough given the status and expectations of our team now. If the loan system is the only way a club with our resources can finance the recruitment of players of the calibre of Wood, Kane and Smith then so be it. In respect of Henderson, ok, the timing is not ideal, but given that he is injury prone, has a court case coming up (we might of had to pay his wages whilst he was sewing mail bags!) and that he might have lost interest / wanted to move, it's understandable we let him go. KJ also would be stupid to come out and say, 'I've got lots of money to spend' or to announce his targets. No one wants us to succeed more than JB (it's his money) and KJ (it's his career). I don't know what his next move will be or what's up his sleeve but I do know that NO ONE has earned our trust or the right to be given the benefit of the doubt more than KJ and JB - IN KENNY WE TRUST

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  • January 24, 2013 at 13:52
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    I am a huge fan of KJ but I'm not sure about some of the recent decisions and I hope he does have something up his sleeve. But when you let your top scorer for last season leave on a free to another club knocking on the play off door then surely you should have made the signings beforehand!?
    I understand wages are an issue but there a players like Racon, Dunne and Osbourne that will not feature until the end of the season and as McKanderwire could do a job in all of those positions then why aren't we looking to lessen our squad and keep quality rather than letting someone like Henderson go if we are worried about the wage bill?
    I've heard some rumours about DJ Campbell and Jason Scotland and if KJ brings in that type of player then fair enough, but as we have already seen with Wood, assuming we can bring in these players is very different to actually getting them.

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    • January 24, 2013 at 13:58
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      Brommers, we don't know if Henderson wanted to go, I personally doubt he was injured on Saturday. If that's the case why keep your top earner if he wants to go, sulks and declares himself injured? We don't know what goes on behind closed doors, all I know is KJ must have had his reasons, it was done for the good of Millwall and for the future and not, like many clubs in this division are finding, because the board has demanded it to cut costs - look at Birmingham!

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  • January 24, 2013 at 14:18
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    Hmmmm Birmingham are in financial trouble due to their chairman being a money laundering crook and being relegated! I think Henderson needs to go becuase he's too old and injury prone also very inconsistant BUT letting him go and not replacing him THIS window is foolish! Whilst all this talk of DJ Campbell and Jason Scotland is all well and good, in reality neither will be coming in!!

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  • January 24, 2013 at 14:20
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    Becchio hands in transfer request.......

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  • January 24, 2013 at 15:08
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    Dj Campbell on permanent then sell nguessan and bringing a loan in feb

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  • January 24, 2013 at 15:19
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    I wasn't saying why Birmingham were in the claats, just pointing out that unlike many clubs our chairman is positively looking to invest and recruit, we don't have to sell any more so KJ must have judged that for whatever reason, now was the right time sell. If it frees up even more money to bring in a better quality striker. If we haven't already, now we need to find the right players to bring in to improve the team. KJ wants to do that every bit as much as we do and IMO overall he's not done bad by us, that's all I'm saying. IN KENNY WE TRUST

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  • January 24, 2013 at 15:40
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    Unconnected - Just read that Davey Harper has passed way - now he was proper 'Wall and a lovely bloke too - RIP Davey

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  • January 24, 2013 at 15:52
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    Id like to see batt, n'guesson and marquis given more of a chance in the team now, marquis done well in a short amount of time on saturday, n'guesson has the power to play at this level, works hard and got good feet. with batt id like to see him in the team more often his pace is decent, plus with tyson to come back in. But i would like to see another forward brought in, in kenny we trust!

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    • January 24, 2013 at 18:39
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      N'Guessan has good feet? Are you talking about Dany N'Guessan?

      The guy can't control a ball for toffee.

      Rather give Marquis or Wilkinson the chance to step up.

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    • January 24, 2013 at 18:40
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      N'Guessan has good feet? Are you talking about Dany N'Guessan?

      Does he have a brother becuase Dany can't control a ball for toffee.

      Rather give Marquis or Wilkinson the chance to step up.

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  • January 24, 2013 at 16:05
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    N'Guessen has the touch of a rapist and the technical ability of a walnut! He isnt fit to wear the shirt! I think Marquis still has the potential to be a good striker but we definitely need vast improvement in that area no question!

    RIP Davey Harper

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  • January 24, 2013 at 16:22
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    Keep marquis sell batt n'guessen then sign one perm and one loan done top 6 here we come

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  • January 24, 2013 at 17:39
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    why not play trotter upfront with keogh lazy f*** wont have to run so much then and bring racon into midfield so we can see what he can do

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  • January 25, 2013 at 09:31
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    It seems to me that Kenny has had enough of the lack of effort and lack of spirit from certain players and has decided that now is the time to make a lot of changes. Although the timing is bad it makes sense to get rid of our highest earner and bring in a few new faces, hopefully people who will be proud to wear the shirt. I know we now have only one striker for tonight's game against Villa, Marquis tries but is not physically up to it, give wilkinson a chance , what have we got to lose.

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  • January 25, 2013 at 12:31
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    marquis is a young henderson and just needs more time

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