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Ben Garner to be appointed. Possibly.

At least according to Rich Cawley, who get’s very little wrong but there are some murmurings tonight that Thomas Sandgaard has denied Garner’s imminent appointment. Nothing is ever clear cut is it.

If Cawley is correct then Sandgaard has agreed both terms with Ben Garner and compensation with his club Swindon Town. I guess we may find out more tomorrow. Possibly.

Tonight’s spanner in the works has stopped me delving too much into Garner’s background. He is a Pembury lad, 42-years old who’s career was ended prematurely by injury and has coached at league level since he was 25. He does appear to come with good standing.

News of Garner’s apparent appointment sent the Charlton faithful into a bout of torpor. I personally didn’t expect Sandgaard to throw bags of cash around and we have to remember what we are, as well as the role that Sandgaard wants from his new hire. That won’t be for everyone.

In just 11 months at Bristol Rovers he didn’t really cover himself in glory, and was sacked with an 18% win rate, but with a good coaching reputation and connections within the game, he got the job at Swindon Town and there is no denying that he had a very successful season considering Swindon had just 7 senior pros when he joined last summer.

Swindon’s possession, passing, attacking and goals stats were very impressive last season and Garner does meet the profile that Sandgaard has described.

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Terry #

    Alphabetically Charlton will start the next season in 7th place.

    Given TS mandate of “a playoff scenario as worst outcome”. Possibly if Charlton are lower than 7th by Christmas, we’ll be looking again for another manager.

    May 25, 2022
  2. Disappointed if this does happen. I did think Thomas would be a little more practical with his choice of new manager and go for someone with more experience, at least at League One level.
    I’m all for giving new young managers a chance and I thought we had that in JJ, but I really think we need someone at the helm next season who has a decent track record in a promotion push from at least this division.
    It seems it’s once again about finances, and once more we are looking at recruiting from the ‘bargain basement’.

    May 26, 2022
  3. Daggs #

    IF Ben Garner gets the job, I’m inclined to ask is he a better option than JJ ?????

    May 26, 2022
  4. houndal #

    Underwhelmed would be my take.
    But we are where we are for a reason, and bargain basement is the table we are sat at.
    Given the sides we are up against next season, top 10 would be the best I can see. and frankly even that seems optimistic at present.
    At least no more 3-5-2 to put up with.

    May 26, 2022
  5. dave #

    After the amount of managers we’ve had at Charlton over the past 10 years Jose Riga, Bob Peters, Guy Luzon, Karel Fraeye, Jose Riga, Russell Slade, Karl Robinson, Lee Bowyer, Nigel Adkins, Johnnie Jackson why shouldn’t Ben Garner be given the chance he done well last season losing in the play offs something we could only wish for as a club we have to sadly move on from the Johnnie Jackson situation this all said it sounds like his arrival is not yet cast in stone.

    May 26, 2022
  6. David #

    If Ben is appointed then get behind him and give the bloke a chance. Personally I think anyone taking that job must be mad!!

    May 26, 2022
    • Chris #

      I fear the worst….TS has visited the manager Isle at poundland if Garner is engaged touted
      Fans need to see ambition and I’m sure there are better options… pay peanuts and you’ll get what you paid for….the clubs track record in recent times is woeful.

      May 26, 2022

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