SHREWSBURY Town defender Joe Jacobson has backed caretaker manager Michael Jackson to lead his side away from trouble, starting with the trip to Swindon Town this weekend.

Jackson will take charge of the Shrews’ visit to the County Ground tomorrow, as well as a clash with Brentford at the Greenhous Meadow next weekend, as the Shropshire club look for a full-time replacement for Graham Turner, who stood down from his role as boss during the week following a run of nine defeats in 13 matches which has left the Salop in a relegation struggle.

Jackson has been at Shrewsbury since 2008, when he joined the club as a player before becoming a member of Turner’s coaching staff, and he has received strong support from Jacobson, who told the Shropshire Star: “He is more than capable of taking us forward in the next couple of weeks.

“I think the fact that we know him makes things a bit easier for us as players, and we need to make it as easy as we can for Jacko to do well.

“As players all you can do is give support to whoever’s in charge. We felt like we did that to the last manager and unfortunately it didn’t work out.

“But we have got to look at ourselves and makes sure we do everything we can to do well on the pitch.

“With him having been the reserve team manager most of the players have played at some point in a reserve game for him.

“We know training-wise he puts on good sessions and likes us to work hard.

“He’s a very passionate man about football. Everyone needs to adapt and make sure that they are all on song and pushing in the right direction.”

Shrewsbury’s ranks have been bolstered in the build-up to this weekend’s meeting with Swindon by the loan signing of Scotland Under 21 international Fraser Fyvie from Wigan.

The winger has joined the Salop club on an initial one-month deal.