Johnnie Jackson has managed to get Charlton firing again after taking the manager’s job on a temporary basis – and former player Andrew Hughes told London News Online that the boss is ‘ready for the job’ permanently.
Charlton began this season in a struggle, falling further and further down the League One table until they were firmly in the relegation places. Despite the squad they had available to them – and many tipping them for a push towards the top end of the league – they instead faltered and fell down the third tier.
It ultimately led to boss Nigel Adkins being relieved of his duties and he was replaced by Johnnie Jackson, who is now in temporary charge of team affairs.
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However, since being given the role, he has excelled. They have since pulled away from the drop zone and are now 17th in the table and four points clear. The form table also shows just how well he has done, as only Plymouth, Rotherham and Ipswich have got more points than them in their last five League One games.
It has led to many believing Jackson might be the man to them forward on a more permanent basis – and one of those believers is Andrew Hughes, the former player who currently works at Norwich.
Speaking to London News Online about Jackson’s performance as Addicks manager so far, he said: “He [Jackson] is made for the job – he’s ready for the job. He is one of the brightest young coaches around.
“He has got the highest qualification in world football and shown loyalty to the club. He had the opportunity to go to a higher division, with [Lee] Bowyer [at Birmingham], and he turned it down.
“This isn’t about giving Johnnie Jackson the job because he is Johnnie Jackson and it is being sentimental. Johnnie deserves the job for the hard work he has put in off the pitch over the last few years to get to the coaching level he is at. I do not know what they are waiting for. It wouldn’t surprise me, if he carries on, that someone else will take Johnnie Jackson. He’s loyal, but Johnnie Jackson has got to be loyal to himself as a coach.”
Jackson then is winning admirers everywhere – and if he continues to work his magic at Charlton on a regular basis, then it would surprise nobody if he was given the job full-time.
Johnnie Jackson is really making his case for the job on a permanent basis. Some could put it down to ‘new manager bounce’ but Jackson has performed well before in a coaching role, has worked to better himself in the role and is now reaping the rewards.
The players are certainly doing it for him and he definitely knows the club. The answer to their problems then may be right under their nose.