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Sandgaard closes door on Jacko chapter

“Charlton Athletic can confirm the departure of Johnnie Jackson as the club’s Manager. Jackson was announced as Caretaker Manager in October 2021, before being appointed as the club’s permanent Manager in December 2021.

Charlton Owner and CEO, Thomas Sandgaard, said: “I would like to thank Johnnie for everything he has done for the club. He is a Charlton legend who has given his all for this club as a player, captain, coach, assistant manager and manager.” (more)

I’m shocked and saddened but it is the right decision by Thomas Sandgaard, who has acted decisively to clear the decks for a new manager in an effort to get Charlton out of League One next season.

All of me loves Jacko, he represents everything good about being a Charlton fan, and he loves this club as much as you and I, yet although there was an argument that he deserved a pre-season and a chance to begin the new season before he was judged, deep down I felt that a change was necessary if we have any hope and ambition to win promotion from this league.

Credit to Sandgaard, but also my very best wishes to Johnnie, who will forever be a true Charlton legend.

UPDATE: Terry Skiverton depart after 3.5 months.

28 Comments Post a comment
  1. Les #

    I agree.
    Now for a new Manager and a big change in players.
    Confidence is high.

    May 3, 2022
    • My confidence is not high on Thomas making the right decision, but we’ll see.

      May 3, 2022
  2. Chris #

    Fully ehco your thoughts and Jacko will always be remembered for what he did for Charlton.
    Thomas has very high expectations and is already putting into place new management structures and clearing out ineffective staff.
    I just have all my fingers crossed that the new appointment will be someone with a new vision and proven record.

    May 3, 2022
  3. Terry #

    I do not agree with this decision, another costly mistake by TS. Had Jackson been appointed Manager instead of Nigel Adkins Jackson would have not been playing “catch up” with 25% of the season already gone. Poor for another reason, that a further delay may occur in choosing a new manager, that like Jackson will have players not of his choosing, just as Jacko faced. Definitely will extend our stay in League One for another season. Maybe Thomas should sell the Club and add to our woes.

    May 3, 2022
    • I have said on here many times that if we don’t make play-off’s it will not be Jacko’s fault but that of TS and Adkins. Jacko should be viewed as someone that saved us from going down, not the man that didn’t take us up.

      May 3, 2022
      • Can see all angles and a big part of me wanting him to have one pre-season but have that gut feeling the Managers have had their hands tied as regards the players he wants

        May 4, 2022
  4. Daggs #

    I am very uncomfortable with this decision. I fear who will now come in.

    May 3, 2022
  5. All for a new broom, but I thought Jackson would be given a bit more time. Let’s hope it’s not a repeat of the Adkins saga. New faces are desperately needed but I would say the playing staff were the top priority, as we are currently carrying a lot of dead wood.
    Thanks to Jacko for all he did over the years and hope we don’t end up being ‘careful what we wish for’.

    May 3, 2022
  6. LP #

    Ye gods and little fishes. Talk about you can’t please all of the people. I bet TS is regretting not sticking to his guns in the first place and only keeping jacko as interim manager. Although effectively he did didn’t he by giving him a target – whatever it was he didn’t make it did he?
    I for one need a break from all this negative nonsense (not you CA), so have a good summer and i’ll see you in july. Xx

    May 3, 2022
  7. Richard #

    I rarely disagree with you CA, but in this i do.

    JJ has not been brilliant, and his stubbornness in sticking to a failed system has annoyed me. But from what is being reported, TS has no replacement lined up, and barely a full squad of players. Rich Crawley reports that TS believes that recruitment can go ahead without a manager or coach in place. If i was a decent player with ambition i would not go to a club without belief that the man picking the team rated me.

    It was also reported that TS wants a team to ‘press high up the pitch.’ Well yes, that would be nice…but you have to be really good players to do that. This is the 3rd Division…we don’t have Liverpool’s back four. And i’m pretty sure that Klopp doesn’t wanna come to SE London. And by the way, i don’t want the owner of my football club to dictate how he wants us to play thank you very much.

    JJ deserved a transfer window and pre season to put together a team he believed in. I have defended TS and his narcissistic antics, on the basis that he saved us from the previous idiot. But i’ve now come to the conclusion that Thomas is just another Roland with a guitar.

    Thanks for the platform to have a rant CA. Much appreciated.

    May 3, 2022
    • Richard – my pleasure. The floor is always here for you to rant. Thank you as always for a great comment.

      TS’ comments about style of play, training and recruitment have me shivering in my chair!

      May 3, 2022
    • Definately, Richard and your points are valid and have been stated this often.

      May 4, 2022
  8. Jon #

    I’m not a fan of the managerial merry-go-round, as I believe that success will only come from stability. But on this occasion, I think that if TS had even the slightest doubt about Jackson, then I agree that he needed to act decisively. What would have been the point of giving JJ a pre-season, only to potentially find ourselves back in the same situation, as we did under Adkins, if we got off to a slow start again? Let’s hit the ground running next season, have a manager in place soon, and get a squad together for pre-season, rather than mucking about on deadline day.

    May 3, 2022
  9. houndal #

    Lets be frank. Under Jacksons rigid style of play we would be mired into another underwhelming season, no matter who we signed. He was not the right manager favouring his “mates” who consistently underperformed. That is the last thing you need when managing anything let alone a football club of egos.
    I have been championing Jackson to go but honestly did not expect TS to act so swiftly, for which I am pleasantly surprised.
    Hoping for someone who can crack the whip rather than have a pint with the lads.

    May 3, 2022
    • One criticism I heard was that Jacko was too close to the players. Adkins meanwhile let the players get away with murder. Seems our discipline on the pitch mirrors that off it.

      May 3, 2022
    • Terry #

      I don’t think TS knows how to crack the whip. However can Sandgaard & Co. ever know in a new manager’s interview for job if the candidate is trustworthy? In truth they can be fooled the talk. Why they cannot even seek the right players until a manager is chosen ant then what is left of preseason. My prediction two more seasons in League One and at worst scenario relegation at the end of next season

      May 3, 2022
  10. NA4Y #

    Talk about the same train of thought as Houndal, that is spooky. Overall I think this is the right decision. Our style and repetitive selections were making going to games feel like an absolute chore with only CBT sparking every so often and we’ll lose him very quickly in the window. Perhaps Jacko felt we could get to 8th with his ‘its what I’ve seen on the training ground reasoning’ but it made for poor watching, ignored youngsters and probably damaged our relationship considerably with potential loan clubs. I don’t know what will happen with a new manager or recruitment but as least it will be something different to watch… Perhaps we will even contract some players who don’t get repeated long term injuries.

    May 3, 2022
  11. Paul Evans #

    Good by jacko.
    Im sure if we offer the right money Steve Evans could be

    May 3, 2022
  12. Shadow Play #

    A club legend who doesn’t deserve to leave the club in this manner, but we don’t always get the luxury of writing and timing our departures.

    I have mixed feelings about this – he inherited a poor squad from Nigel Adkins, although it could be argued that he was partly complicit in that. His 3-5-2 formation worked for a bit but we didn’t have the depth in numbers to make it work once his first choice players got injured, those that came in struggled to adapt to it. That and it became a bit too predictable – as a non-footballing professional I work on the basis that once I see a trend then the real experts will have already been on the case and worked out to play against it, he needed to mix things up a bit. Possibly that was why TS reached for the P45 as he didn’t see any progression. But I thought he deserved the chance to build his own squad, presumably TS was reluctant to fork out on more players when he wasn’t 100% sure that he believed in the manager? Who knows….

    So who comes in? I note that Mark Warburton is looking for a job, given that a few of our recent off-field appointments have had a stint at Brentford in their CVs, I wonder if we are about to see another Griffin Park alumini?

    May 3, 2022
  13. houndal #

    Terry, TS is shrewd, he will have someone in place pretty soon, within a week.
    He has certainly shown he can crack the whip, and lets not forget, its his money bankrolling the club.
    And Brentford is a pretty good place to try and emulate.

    May 3, 2022
    • houndal is spot on about his money but has he any left?

      May 4, 2022
    • Terry #

      Not sure that TS & Co are that shrewed. The Standard makes interesting comments about an owner who knows little about football yet comments about how he wants the team to play. Again, what player would go to any club without a manager? Or for that matter not knowing if their playing style suits the playing style of a manager -less club. TS is putting the cart before the horse.

      May 4, 2022
  14. David #

    Right decision. Hope we make a good appointment. Good luck and best wishes to Johnnie.

    May 4, 2022
  15. Good thoughts Shadow. Warburton is used to this type of chairmanship/ owner as well, but I suspect he may bide his time for a bigger job.

    May 4, 2022

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