Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What's in a team name

No.2 Full Metal Jackett - Andrew Shepherd

Newbie Andrew named his N&R FL team in homage of Kenny Jackett - widely thought of as one of the best coaches outside of the top flight.

Millwall had a rough start to the season, especially after selling it's prized asset Steve Morison to Norwich in the summer but have improved dramatically in recent weeks.

Jacket spent his whole playing career at Watford notching up 337 appearances before injury ruined his career at the young age of just 28. Had he not incurred the injury he would have most likely topped Watford's all-time appearance record - currently held by striker Luther Blissett.

Jackett learnt had his coaching apprenticeship under Graham Taylor at Watford and was actually manager for a while in the mid-nineties. He left when Gianluca Vialli took over at Vicarage Road but Jackett made another smart move by working with Ian Holloway at QPR and contributed towards their Division Two promotion campaign.

After 3 years as an assistant Jackett left QPR to replace Brian Flynn as manager of Swansea in April 2004 and in his first full season in charge, they were promoted from League Two, finishing in third place. The club also won the FAW Premier Cup and he is acknowledged by Swans fans as the man who laid the foundations for Swansea's current push up the leagues.

He then had a short spell as Man City's reserve team manager before joining the Lions in November 2007.

Andrew is currently emulating his hero by challenging for promotion to N&R Div 1 in his first season.

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