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Decision time

Still saddened about Jackson, but now we wait to see what Thomas does next.

It was a decisive and bold decision to kick Jackson through the door, and the question is now, as it has been in my mind for some time, is whether Thomas is capable of making a right decision?

Terry Skiverton was the latest to be added to the list yesterday afternoon of those that Sandgaard has hired and then fired.

Today’s Standard article reveals a lot about Sandgaard’s inner psyche, and I have no doubt given the chance he would be on the touchline with his tracksuit on thinking he can be the next Jurgen Klopp.

Do we assume then that TS already has someone lined up like he did with Nigel Adkins when Bowyer saw the writing on the wall?

Or is it as Sandgaard told the SLP that there will be an “exhaustive search” for his 4th manager in 18 months. Clearly since Ged Roddy was shown the door Thomas has apparently made many more of his own connections in the game. Men with money attract that sort of attention even though they live nearly 5,000 miles away.

I admire Thomas for knowing what he wants, but I worry about the ability though to get it and he does tread a disturbing fine line between confidence and egotistical narcissism.

For all my admiration of Johnnie I believe a clean sweep is required and a modern thinking connected new coach or manager and their staff will be very welcome and backed by us all.

I am just very skeptical that Sandgaard’s is capable of finding them and then granting them the tools to succeed without interference.

This is a massive decision for Thomas and he would do well to reflect on his decision making and comments to date.

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  1. Sounds like he wants to own Liverpool. But Klopp just extended his contract, so that’s off the table…. 😉

    May 4, 2022
  2. Steve White #

    Judging by the comments coming out I think TS and MS must have been over analysing the Papa Johns 6-1 win over Crawley when Josh Davison scored a hat trick, and thinking that was the way to get promoted. I also seem to remember JJ was in charge for that game as Nigel Adkins was in a boardroom meeting. If this style is the intention i think the whole squad is in need of an overhaul to be able to play with that intensity all season. Having looked at Celtic s stats post Brendan Rogers i’m also very sure that Neil Lennon needs quickly deleting from the shortlist. 😢

    May 4, 2022
    • Our fitness levels and injury woes were never going to allow us to play with such intensity all season. Interesting that Thomas has used that word a lot. I always thought Bowyer’s teams were very fit, but last season especially under Adkins we looked horribly off the pace.

      Agree Steve – no Lennon for me.

      May 5, 2022
  3. ConfidentialRick #

    None of us can really know what’s going on in the TS brain but my guess – for what it’s worth – is he’s having concerns about his investment and his next move could be his last throw of the dice. Just because he’s rich doesn’t mean he’s happy to shovel millions into a black hole with no foreseable return. He didn’t get rich that way.

    May 4, 2022
    • Yes Rick, but he won’t be the first rich businessman to throw their wealth down the football club black hole.

      May 5, 2022
  4. Shadow Play #

    Thanks for link to the Standard article, I can see what TS means by our failing to break down the low block/low press. We did struggle against teams that set out to play deep, defend in two lines of four players and then counter attack. If you go back over comments from fans after some of these matches, like Crewe away, you’ll see this point made and we didn’t ever seem to have a plan b or c under Jacko.

    We need to get a replacement in pronto – there are quite a few players out of contract and we need to rebuild the team and can’t afford to waste time. To an extent some of this can be done by Steve Gallen and Martin Sandgaard but the new manager will want to put his own stamp on things and sign players to fit his style of play.

    Some of the names being touted don’t impress me – Steve Kean and Neil Lennon for example, I’m hoping that the only reason why they are getting mentioned is because their agents are hyping them up rather than because we are genuinely interested. I’m also hoping that TS has a shortlist and is waiting a respectable week or so before unveiling the new manager. Hopefully he has learned from appointing Neil Adkins so quickly.

    May 4, 2022
  5. Daggs #

    Another Charlton forum has been viciously slagging TS for about a year now. I have defended TS on there whilst recognising his errors.
    These decisions, to sack JJ, and carry on recruitment without a manager, smack of a megalomaniac in charge of OUR football club.
    I fear this is all going to go wrong again. If it does? I’m done with TS.

    May 4, 2022

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