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4 December 2014

Former defender Matt Jackson praises impact of Malky Mackay at the training ground and talks about his time at Norwich City.

  • “Malky was a very good pro and demands that now from his players.” – Jackson.
  • Matt Jackson picks out Craig Bellamy and Iwan Roberts from his time at Carrow Road.
  • Role as Football Operations Manager explained.
As Wigan Athletic and Norwich City prepare to clash at the DW Stadium this weekend, former defender Matt Jackson talks about his time at the Carrow Road club, while praising Latics’ new manager Malky Mackay, with whom he was partnered in defence for the Canaries.

Now Football Operations Manager at Latics’ Christopher Park Training Ground, Jackson took time out of his busy schedule to speak to

On the arrival as Mackay as boss, Jackson said:

“I knew Malky when he first came down from Celtic, we became very good friends at Norwich and have been in all our time since, so much so that I actually ended up going on his honeymoon.

“I know him pretty well, he was very good around the dressing room when we were players, so it’s no surprise he’s very good with the lads now.

“He was hugely dependable as a player, a very good pro who really looked after himself and he demands that from his players now.”

Jackson continued, explaining the impact the new manager has had at the training ground, saying:

“The impact Malky has had at the training ground has been very positive, he has organised things how he wants them and has his own methods which he hopes will provide an outcome on the pitch.

“I can help out in my role by dealing with things off the field in terms of logistics, so that they can concentrate on things on the field and prepare in the best ways possible for the 90 minutes.”

Discussing his time at Norwich further, Jackson highlighted some of the stand out players he featured alongside, saying:

“In terms of players, Craig Bellamy really stood out for me, he was an outstanding young player coming through at the time.

“Don’t get me wrong, Craig was a handful in and around the dressing room, but one thing that always shone through was his love of the game.

“Iwan Roberts was another player who always stood out for me, he was a real stalwart of the club and to see those two ends of the spectrum was really interesting.

“It was a very good club to be at, I think highly of Norwich City, as do a lot of people,” continued the former centre back.

“It was never really a settled time while I was at Norwich because we had a couple of different managers and for three seasons in a row I missed the start of each season with ridiculous injuries.

“I had a hyperextension of my leg which caused micro fractures and then I had a really bad knee injury from a tackle, but it was nothing that was long term, they were really random injuries.

“It was a frustrating time for me, a missed an awful lot of games, but I’m glad it didn’t hinder me down the line.”

On leaving Norwich for Latics, Jackson said it was an exciting time, and one he saw as the perfect challenge.

“I needed something fresh at the time and Paul Jewell brought me here on a month long loan initially.

“Things weren’t going too well for the club, but I arrived during the turning point of our fortunes and of course the rest is history.

“Paul brought in players who were about to revolutionise the club, players like John Filan, Gary Teale and various others, it became a really good progression from there.

“There was a little issue when I left Norwich and it was a strange way to leave as club captain, but the success I went on to enjoy here at Wigan made that insignificant in the end.  I’ve got massive amounts of respect for Norwich though; it’s certainly a club I hold in high regard.”

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