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Caretaker

The very best of luck to Jacko tonight.

There has been very few managerial caretakers in my Charlton supporting time. Funny enough the best one hands down was probably Lee Bowyer, the longest caretaker of all – 6 months in total.

In November 2016 Kevin Nugent, who had little Charlton connection, took over after Russell Slade was sacked and ended with a quite sparkling record of two wins and a draw in his week and a half in the hot seat.

Nugent beat Port Vale and then masterminded a 5-1 away win at tonight’s opponents Bristol Rovers before ending with a decent home draw against eventual League One champions Sheffield United. Nugent is now manager of Millwall’s U23’s.

In January 2015 Ben Roberts and Damian Matthew were at very best only responsible for putting shirts on the dressing room hooks for the embarrassing 5-0 defeat at Watford. One of the many real low points of Duchatelet’s reign.

Roberts is now Brighton’s goalkeeping coach whereas Matthew is coaching in India.

In January 2011 Charlton legend Keith Peacock picked the team for a proud FA Cup performance away at Tottenham. This was in between Parky being given the boot and first choice Eddie Howe Chris Powell taking over. Keith is still very much involved with the club fortunately.

It was 36 years previous to Peacock’s one game in temporary charge that Charlton last put in a caretaker manager. That was in April 1974, just before my time, when Les Gore held the reigns for a month between Theo Foley and Andy Nelson. Les Gore died in 1991.

Interesting after Peacock and Les Gore sprinkled their magic both Chris Powell and Andy Nelson led us to promotion, which may be at least be something to hold onto tonight.

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  1. Malcolm #

    I am still not completely certain Jackson will stay with us, I know he has been Charlton through and through, but he has been Bowyer’s assistant for a while and would have had a report with Bowyer, so he could end up going with him.

    Then there’s any new Manager taken on, who may very well want to bring their own staff with them and not be hindered by club conditions so that may be interesting to see how that pan’s out. Thomas wants success on the field, which makes me believe he will go for an experienced guy rather than an inexperienced ex-player with the club, so I would be surprised if either Jacko or Ewell got the job, we’re actually in unknown territory as fans, were more experienced at picking on owners so interesting week coming up.

    March 16, 2021
  2. Suprised there isn’t more of a clamour in the fanbase for the return of Chris Powell. IMO What an amazing job he did building and gelling a completly new sqaud, before lack of backing and RD’s support lol took it’s toll. A lot of his players did well when they left CAFC I hope TS is aware!

    March 16, 2021

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