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More back room staff leave

And by all accounts not of their own making. COO Brian Jokat, appointed by Thomas Sandgaard fell on his sword last week because he didn’t play well with interference from Raelynn Sandgaard, allegedly.

Raelynn seems to be ‘lady’ with no portfolio at the club and I’m intrigued seeing her influence grow. Today other members of the commercial team were made redundant, some employed recently by Jokat, others hired by Sandgaard.

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One change and one no change

Remember this guy ⬅️?

Brian Jokat was appointed as Chief Operating Officer 8 weeks ago, and now news reaches us that he left the club this week.

We are now counting on our second hand the amount of senior level hires that Thomas Sandgaard has made and then dispensed with

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An upgrade in optimism

After seeing some of the good work going on at Sparrows Lane I decided to leave off picking on Thomas Sandgaard for a while. The investment the owner along with Valley Gold has made at Sparrows Lane is transformational. The new buildings and great improvement to the infrastructure at the training ground is impressive, even more so knowing that the land and the facility is owned by Roland Duchatelet.

The new environment can’t help but to bring fresh optimism, culture and ambition when Ben Garner meets his players for the first time in person next week.

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Welcome Ben Garner

Well that’s a surprise.

Despite various denials, indecisiveness and fluff, two weeks after the cat was out of the bag, the club have finally confirmed that Ben Garner will be Charlton’s new manager, signing a three-year contract.

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The update is no update

The club’s communications team broke from their Jubilee weekend to update fans via the Official Site.

“In an effort to update our fans, while the club remains focused on finding the right manager we are still not at a point where a final decision has been made.” (more)

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Garner to be appointed? Not according to Mrs Sandgaard!

The soap opera, because that is what we have become, surrounding the appointment of a new manager continued tonight.

32 days after Johnnie Jackson was sacked by Thomas Sandgaard today the senior sports reporter at the Swindon Advertiser plus Talksport and even The Athletic all reported that Ben Garner had signed a 2-year deal with the Addicks.

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Ben Chorley

An interesting development at Swindon Town today. Director of Football Ben Chorley has suddenly resigned.

Chorley originally served as a free-lance recruitment scout before last July moving into the role of director of football at the County Ground the same day that Ben Garner was appointed as manager.

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Viva España

The Addicks players will embark on a pre-season camp to Spain leaving on June 17th, after the squad returns for pre-season testing.

Thomas Sandgaard said by then that “we’ll have a new manager band new players.”

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It’s all gone quiet over there

After Rich Cawley announced on Wednesday that Ben Garner was done and compensation agreed with Swindon there was pretty much a universal sigh of ‘who?’

Now two days later and nothing has been announced Addicks’ fans are now asking ‘what is going on?’

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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.

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Conor Washington released

The club today issued their released and retained list.

Chris Gunter, Conor Washington, Adam Matthews, Ben Watson, Pape Souare and Stephen Henderson all leave following the expiry of their contracts.

Whereas all of the loan players return to their parent clubs, that is Akin Famewo, who we did have an option to buy, Elliot Lee, Jonathan Leko, Mason Burstow, Nile John and Juan Castillo.

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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?

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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)

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Thomas makes new appointments

Hopefully this is a pre-requisition of an active summer player window as Thomas Sandgaard has had a busy week with three new senior staff appointments.

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Knowing math, and knowing football

This Blog has often questioned Thomas Sandgaard’s grasp of football club ownership. It’s never questioned his intentions, his enthusiasm nor his business acumen. I would also say too much communication is far better than none at all. Thomas meet Roland.

If you listened to Zynex’s recent investor call (I did as I am a shareholder, which so far hasn’t proven to be one of my most astute investments), then Thomas can come across as a driven single minded head of a company and entrepreneur.

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