Discovery+ and Quest pundit Jobi McAnuff believes that Thomas Sandgaard should have shown more faith in new Charlton Athletic manager Johnnie Jackson.
The Addicks had climbed from being firmly inside the relegation zone to believing they can make a push for the play-offs in Jackson’s caretaker charge. Yet, Jackson was only rewarded with a two and half year contract that will only be automatically renewed if conditions are met each season.
Charlton are currently ten points off of the play-off places in League One and will be looking towards the January transfer window to strengthen their squad for the second half of the campaign.
When asked about the unusual contract Jackson has been given as permanent manager, Jobi McAnuff exclusively told Football League World:
“I’ll be honest, and I’ve thought this about the whole process at Charlton, it’s a little bit disrespectful. We all know that there will be targets, these targets for me should be kept in-house. It’s a bit of a half and half approach in terms of saying right you’ve done a brilliant job, you deserve it. But it’s almost like hedging your bets just incase things don’t go well, rather than just saying I’m going to back you and give everyone in the club the belief that I have in you.
“The contract seems to have fallen a little bit short of that and it puts a bit of undue pressure on Johnnie Jackson in my opinion.”
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Thomas Sandgaard made an abject mistake in appointing Nigel Adkins as his first manager as owner in March. The former Southampton boss showed positive signs towards the back end of last season but ultimately had the South Londoners’ squad looking like relegation fodder in the opening 13 games of the campaign.
Jackson has been a fans’ favourite as a player, captain, assistant manager, caretaker manager and now permanent manager and will be hoping to keep the club’s play-off hopes alive for as long as possible.