Jackett: Millwall's pre-season planning affected by Olympics

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KENNY Jackett has admitted that Millwall's pre-season plans have been disrupted by the 2012 Olympics.

The Lions have been forced to organise all six of their warm-up matches away from home this year, with police imposing a ban on additional sporting events in the capital during the London games.

Millwall will embark on their annual tour of Ireland in July, before returning to England to face matches against Crawley Town, Exeter City and Southend United.

And  Jackett insists his summer programme will fully prepare his side for the new Championship campaign.

"They'll be competitive, high-tempo games against lower league sides, and we're looking forward to those," he told the club's official site.

"With the Olympics close by, we have to be mindful of our organisation, our set-up and our travel arrangements, because it's going to be slightly different and it's going to be tough.

"We accept that and we'll work around it."

"I'm very pleased to get these games, plus the Ireland tour, because it means we have a good run of games to get everyone match fit.

"Our preparation is going to be vital because we want to start the new season how we finished the last one. We don't want to be making up the numbers, we don't want to be at the wrong end of the table – we want to make an impression on the division.

"That has to be impressed on the players as soon at they return for pre-season."

You can view Millwall's pre-season fixture list here.



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