Charlton Athletic have picked up considerably in Johnnie Jackson’s four games in caretaker charge since the sacking of Nigel Adkins.
The former club captain has made it clear from the outset that he would like the job on a permanent basis as the club edge towards the January transfer window.
The 39-year-old reiterated his determination to step up to the full time role speaking on Football Daily’s 72+.
He said: “I feel like I’ve served a decent apprenticeship and I feel like I’m ready for the challenge so hopefully I’ll be given that opportunity (the manager’s job).
“I’ve tried to make it fun again, when you’re losing games everyone gets miserable and gets down. I’ve just tried to put smiles on faces.”
Jackson was assistant manager to Lee Bowyer for around three seasons, one in which the club won promotion via the League One play-offs in 2018/19. However, many questioned his capabilities in working under Adkins, also as assistant, in Charlton’s terrible opening 13 games of this campaign.
The upturn in not just results but performances suggest that Jackson will be trusted with the role at least in the short term and he maintains the full support of the fan base and the squad of players.
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Charlton have a lot of ground to make up if they are to get something out of this season in League One. The first task for Jackson was to get the team out of the relegation zone which he made light work of in victories, accompanied by a clean sheet, against Sunderland and Doncaster Rovers.
The Addicks are 11 points off of the top six and just one point above the relegation zone with an excellent opportunity to climb the table on the horizon in their trip to Burton Albion on Saturday. Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink’s men did the double over the South Londoners last season and therefore Jackson will arrive at the Pirelli Stadium seeking revenge.