WHEN Andy Booth finally retires, will we be able to get another player who is as adaptable aerially? JV, Huddersfield.

Jacko says: I'm glad to say Boothy still has another season on his contract, and as regular readers of this column will know, I think he has been excellent for me. I can't praise him highly enough.

While he doesn't have the legs he used to have, he can still do a very effective job up front, and he is also useful at the back in an emergency.

We saw that after Nathan Clarke was sent off up at Hartlepool earlier this year, and we saw it again when both Tom and Nathan Clarke were injured against Colchester last Saturday, and I would have no qualms about using him back in defence again.

THE management team must take the blame if Tom Clarke is sidelined for any length of time. He signalled to the bench five minutes before he was substituted against Colchester that he had an injury. Andy Holdsworth got stripped only to put his tracksuit top back on and sit down again. Was this the difference between two weeks and two months for Tom? RS, Huddersfield.

Jacko says: I am optimistic Tom will be back against Brentford tomorrow afternoon.

Players will often signal to the bench if they are feeling a twinge, and Tom told us he was feeling his hamstring a little.

As most managers would do, I said give it five minutes and see what happens.

I thought we needed him at that stage of the match, but it later became clear he couldn't carry on.

Tom received prompt treatment and was training again by midweek.

WHY do you criticise players via the media? Surely things would be best dealt with in the dressing room behind closed doors. Paul Rachubka's mistake against Colchester was not the reason we have failed to make the play-offs. Richard, Dalton.

Jacko says: I was disappointed with Colchester's equaliser. The press asked me what happened with the goal and I replied that it was the fault of Paul Rachubka.

When I am asked questions, I reply as honestly as I can. More than 10,000 people in the stadium could see Paul was at fault.

Paul also accepted he was at fault. He has been excellent this season, but he was to blame on Saturday.

He studies his own performances on video and he has responded very positively in training this week.

The Colchester game is in the past. Now we are all looking to get three points down at Brentford.

MY mate and I would like to know if you will be giving it your best shot at the Copa de Ibiza, and will you be going out clubbing? Gazza, Lockwood

Jacko says: Ibiza is obviously well known for its night life, but I can assure supporters we will be going there to work.

It's a very big part of our pre-season preparations.

We'll be back as a squad nine days before we fly out to Ibiza.

We'll obviously be at a certain stage of our pre-season, but we'll be going there aiming to win the tournament and make the most of the opportunity to play at least two, and hopefully three matches.

As a player and in my previous spell as Town manager, we took part in the Isle of Man pre-season competition and it proved to be a very worthwhile exercise.

We were one of a number of clubs who expressed an interest in the Ibiza event, which is a prestigious one to take part in.

We're delighted to have been invited to take part and delighted to have been able to accept.

WILL you and the players be tuning in to Soccer AM on Sky Sports to watch Town fans parade their skills? And do you have any advice for them? Andrew, Dewsbury

Jacko says: I really enjoy the show and I've been a guest four times, which has been great fun.

We're stopping overnight in London, so the players are likely to be watching after we've gone through our final preparations for the game in the afternoon.

To the fans taking part, all I can say is do your best and above all, enjoy yourselves!

AS a manager, are you geared up for the introduction of transfer windows to the Coca-Cola divisions? Steve, Ossett

Jacko says: Obviously it is going to be a change, because after the season starts, you can only bring players in, whether permanently or on loan, during January, as is already the case with the Premier League.

We've had a lot of paperwork explaining the system, and I've had numerous meetings with my chief executive (Andrew Watson) to discuss the implications.

Obviously the Premier League clubs have had time to get used to the system, and I'm sure we will too.

Our budget means I'll probably be carrying a squad of 25, so it will be more important than ever to avoid suspensions and have some luck in terms of avoiding injuries.

WITH Luton and Hull having claimed the two automatic promotion spots, who are your tip to go up through the play-offs? Dave, Thurstonland

Jacko says: I'd have to plump for Tranmere, the team currently six points clear in third place.

They are a strong all-round side who don't concede many goals and have some experienced players.

Having said that, Brentford, on their day, can be very good.

Of the other sides in the top six at this stage, Bournemouth are a good footballing team while Hartlepool have done really well to get to where they are on a tight budget and have a good manager in Neale Cooper.

We've taken four points off Bournemouth this season.

And we had a great victory at Hartlepool which kick-started an unbeaten run which we aim to stretch to seven matches when we play at Brentford tomorrow.