Sandgaard removes Adkins
Just a little over 7 months after Nigel Adkins arrived via a Zoom call and talk of Premier League ambitions, Thomas Sandgaard closed the chapter on Adkins’ Charlton managerial career last night with us sat in a League One relegation place.
Adkins’ sacking was a long time coming and as nice a guy that he is unfortunately he has shown that his methods of coaching and man-management are outdated. For all of the arm around the shoulder and fireside positivity chatter, we are 13 games into a season with no clear system or identity with players being rotated game by game, each one as unfit and disorientated and as the other, and suddenly relegation to the fourth tier a daunting threat.
Adkins was an underwhelming appointment to begin with and never grabbed the imagination of fans, and although connectivity was difficult with empty stadiums, I never sensed a mutual warm affection between the two.
Mind your, we are a funny lot, we talk of new managers that have no connection with the club and they show up and we don’t accept them. I’ll give you Mullery, Dowie, Slade, Robinson and a host of Belgians.
Adkins does deserve some credit for reshaping and providing organization and structure last season to get us close to the play-off’s. Ironic really that those traits have abandoned him.
To get there Adkins had us playing a long ball game that wasn’t easy on the eye, but needs were must and he talked fondly of a future of the high press with a fast-paced attacking young team. We never witnessed even a tiny piece of that, let alone us emulating a Hull City team that won the league title at The Valley on the final day.
I don’t hold Adkins solely responsible for what has been a disastrous opening few months to the season as the structure that Sandgaard had him working in looks flawed to me, and there needs to be some serious improvement from many players to make our summer recruitment look anymore than just panic buying with no plan and too many cooks.
Farewell Nigel and keep up the walking and positivity. We move on to a new chapter with Thomas promising to give caretaker Johnnie Jackson some time to put some sort of order and spirit into what has become a large rag tag group of players.
Is Jacko part of the problem or a breath of fresh air? We will see, but one thing is for sure, there won’t be any lacking of a fan and manager alliance.