KENNY Jackett says he was surprised to learn that Michael Appleton had been sacked by Blackburn Rovers this week and admits even he fears about losing his job.
Jackett has been at the Lions helm for five-and-a-half years and is the sixth-longest serving manager in England but says he still worries about getting the axe despite his longevity.
But the 51-year-old attempts to banish such thoughts from his mind – because he believes they can manifest themselves in a manager's public demeanour.
"It does cross my mind – it does for every manager," Jackett told NewsAtDen. "In the end, you look at the industry you're in. But I'm experienced enough to put aside losing games and losing my job.
"If you worry about those things too much, it does creep into your manner with the players and the way you think. The key to it is breaking a season down into batches of games.
"I have done that differently during my career – it very much depends on the fixture list. This is quite a natural one where I can look from Leicester City to Derby County – and who knows beyond that.
"I can look at that period, write out an itinerary and get myself organised, focused and ready. That's important. That's what you end up putting all your focus into.
"Do those other worries creep in? Yes, of course. They are there but with time you learn to live with them and to realise that the only way you can affect things is by winning your next game.
"The industry is what it is and that's the life we choose."
Nevertheless, Jackett admitted Appleton's departure at Ewood Park, just 15 games and 67 days after his appointment, came out of the blue.
"I was very surprised," he said. "I don't know him that well but in the times we've met, he has come across as quite an impressive individual. He's well thought of inside of football.
"I have a lot of sympathy for him. I do not know the ins and outs of Blackburn, I only read bits in the newspapers like everyone else, but Blackburn are under a different sort of pressure to Millwall.
"We're trying to maintain our momentum after coming up from League One – we're one of the few teams in the Championship that hasn't been in the Premier League.
"Blackburn are coming from the other direction where they are coming down with a high wage bill and need to get back in. The new TV deal and parachute payments have crystallised it for everyone.
"I have never been in a situation where I've been relegated from the Premier League as a manager – only as an assistant at Watford. But the expectations go up once you've been in the top league."
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