Charlton suffered yet another loss at the hands of Accrington on Tuesday night and with the side firmly entrenched in a relegation battle as things stand, it begs the question – should Nigel Adkins be replaced as manager of the Addicks?
With only one win from their last eight League One games, they’ve fallen to 22nd in the table and are now four points from safety.
It isn’t where Charlton or their fans would have wanted or expected to be at this point in the season and things may need to change soon if they want to try and break away from the bottom of the table.
Adkins has been with Charlton since only March but with the way things are going, he may find his tenure at the side cut short soon.
If they do decide to part ways with the manager though, who should they consider as a potential replacement for him?
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1. Nicky Butt
Butt has yet to be given a chance in management but it could be a gamble that pays off.
The former player has not only got a wealth of experience from his days on the field but has also been given the chance to learn from some of the very best at Manchester United after making the transition into coaching.
Since leaving Old Trafford, he has been linked with a number of roles across the EFL but has yet to be given a shot in the role. Charlton could provide the chance for him to finally cut his teeth in a leading role and although it wouldn’t be straightforward straight away – he’d have to get results quickly and learn on the job – he could prove to be an astute appointment.
Younger appointments who want to prove themselves have often paid off in the EFL – and although Charlton may not see the benefits straight away, it could certainly pay off in the future.
2. Sol Campbell
Sol Campbell has already proven that he has what it takes to weather the storm of a relegation battle at his last two clubs and hasn’t perhaps been given the kind of chances he would have wanted – and the Addicks could finally be the team to do it.
He’s managed Southend and Macclesfield in the past and both teams have been in relative turmoil and been struggling at the wrong end of their respective tables. In the circumstances, the former Arsenal man did a solid enough job and he could be viewed as unlucky to have lost his job on both occasions.
Although Charlton wouldn’t exactly provide him with a platform to build a title-winning team from yet (right now, their priority should be pulling out and away from the League One relegation places) the squad and backing is there for the Addicks to challenge with the right manager and Campbell may thrive given a chance to lead a team at the right end of the table rather than the other end of it for once.
3. Michael Flynn
This would be a massive appointment if they could pull it off but Michael Flynn would be an incredible appointment for Charlton.
The work that he did at Newport was extraordinary and if not for an inconsistent start to the season with them this year, he would likely have still been there now. Flynn left on his terms and is ready for the next challenge and he could get it at Charlton.
The Addicks are a side that want to return to the Championship and the big time and Flynn himself wants to prove he can work his magic at a higher level. It could be a match made in heaven, as the manager knows what it takes to drag a team towards the right end of the league table.
The issue may lie in the fact that there will no doubt be interested parties much higher up the pyramid – Cardiff may fancy having a look at him for example if they decide to part ways with Mick McCarthy – but if the League One side could convince him to join, it could be just the appointment that they need to kickstart a push up the league.