Charlton Athletic caretaker manager Johnnie Jackson has revealed that he will have face-to-face talks with Thomas Sandgaard on Saturday with him in attendance for the game against Plymouth Argyle.
Jackson has managed to provide the Addicks with a much-needed upturn in form during the last few weeks since he took over from Nigel Adkins on a caretaker basis. He has guided Charlton to ten points from a possible 12 to lift them out of the relegation zone and leave them looking up the table rather than fearing they could drop out of the third tier.
Despite that upturn in results though, Charlton are yet to hand Jackson any certainty over whether he will be given the chance to take the job on a more permanent basis. That comes with Sandgaard having suggested it could now be another month before the Addicks make the decision over who they will appoint as their next permanent boss.
Sandgaard has also suggested to London News Online that the Addicks have considered as many as 30 different potential options to take over from Adkins. That suggests that Jackson is going to have to continue to be patient and wait his time to see if he will be appointed as manager on a more permanent basis.
Speaking to Charlton’s official website, Jackson revealed that he is set to hold talks with Sandgaard on Saturday with him set to be in attendance at the Valley when the Addicks take on high-flying Plymouth Argyle.
He said: “We’ve had our conversations but they’ve been over the phone. I’m a people person, I like to sit down with people and converse with them, it’s the best form of communication. It will be great to catch up with him, for him to see The Valley full and rocking and hopefully we can give a performance as well.”
The game against Plymouth is one that Jackson needs to see a real performance from his players with Sandgaard set to be in attendance. It will be a chance for him to show that he is managing to get the best out of the available options that he has at his disposal at the moment.
An impressive performance and result against one of the best teams in the third tier so far this season might go some way to convincing Chartlon’s hierarchy that Jackson can be the right manager to lead them forwards on a permanent basis.
It very much seems as though options remain open for Sandgaard in terms of who he is going to appoint as the successor to Adkins. However, Jackson is in a strong position with him picking up the right results on the field at the moment.
Therefore, it will be interesting to see what happens between Jackson and Sandgaard when they hold talks over the weekend. It might be a huge chance for the caretaker manager to really make an impression and put himself even more in consideration.