Planning, or the lack thereof
If you word searched this Blog over the last decade of posts the words ‘plan, or the lack thereof’ would feature heavily when it comes to Charlton Athletic.
Any form of a plan was taken out of the Charlton dictionary around about 2013.
Thomas Sandgaard has done many good things under his stewardship, but starting with that initial 5-year plan, I’ve been less than convinced by his progressive thinking. Yes, plenty of ambition and aspirations, nothing wrong with that, but I’m uncertain to the architecture and anatomy of such lofty objectives.
Jacko’s performance based contract shows a lack of understanding of what it takes to support and empower leaders. Basically Thomas is backing the players over the manager, even though I’d say Jackson had little or no say in their arrival.
The current situation that Jackson finds himself in limits entirely his vision beyond the next game. He says as much when he’s interviewed.
That’s not a vision, it is shortsightedness. The season is over for all of us to see, so let’s get ahead of the pack and plan for next season. We are not publicly traded so no need for blinkered quarter to quarter policy. Look beyond the curve, communicate and you will get buy-in.
The performance related contract based on finishing position was obviously a sticking point for Jacko, explaining the period of time the negotiations took. It further tells me that he wasn’t Thomas’ ideal choice, although what experienced manager would have signed up to such short-termism I don’t know.
There is a presumption that Thomas did have another option, but was drawn into appointing Jackson due to his caretaker success and the burgeoning clamour of the fanbase. Plus, importantly Jackson really, really wanted the job, and deserved it.
Apparently those caretaker matches now count for nothing, although extrapolating results to date over a season would have us in the top six. Let’s be clear, failure to reach the play-off’s lays at the feet of two men, and one of them is not Johnnie Jackson.
I personally feel Jackson justifies the chance to be part of a re-build, be involved in contract discussions, design a pre-season, and take a run at a promotion challenge next season. This plan should start now.
Or alternatively Thomas, get rid of Jackson and bring a new personality in to build for the future. But a future with a roadmap to give a new manager the tools and an endorsement to lead our destiny.