Jackett resigns as Millwall manager

The 51-year-old boss parts company with the Lions after six years at the Den following an FA Cup semi-final and a 20th-place finish in the Championship this season
Millwall have announced that Kenny Jackett has resigned as manager of the club.

The Lions narrowly avoided relegation to League One this season, finishing two points clear of the relegation places in the Championship while also enjoyed a run to the semi-final of the FA Cup.

The 51-year-old former Swansea City boss took charge of Millwall in November 2007 and feels that it is now time for him to pursue a new challenge.

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"After almost six seasons I personally feel the time is right for a new challenge and also for a new manager to come into Millwall with fresh ideas," he told reporters. "I would like to thank the chairman, the board of directors, players, staff and supporters for their backing."

Jackett led the south London outfit out of League One in 2010 and had been the longest-serving manager in the Championship and the sixth longest-serving in the entire Football League.

He resignation was reluctantly accepted by the Lions, with chairman John Berylson stating: "On behalf of the board, I want to express my thanks to Kenny for his fantastic service and achievements over the past five-and-a-half years.

"He has played a major role in creating a stable environment at Millwall which hadn't been the case prior to his arrival.

"On a personal level, whilst respecting Kenny's decision, I wish I could have persuaded him to change his mind. He was my first acquisition as chairman of the club and has proved himself to be one of the best. I am losing a great manager but he will remain a good friend and, hopefully, golf partner.

"We are now determined to move the club forward and build on the foundations Kenny has provided towards even greater success."