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Johnnie Jackson sends message to Charlton Athletic over future of playing duo

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Charlton interim manager Johnnie Jackson says it is hard for him to discuss contracts with Conor Washington and Ben Purrington while his own future is unconfirmed.

Jackson has done an outstanding job since taking over from Nigel Adkins on a caretaker basis back in October, winnnig eight and losing just two of his 12 games in charge.

However, he it has yet to be announced whether the former Addicks midfielder will be handed the job on a permanent basis.

Now it seems as though that is having something of an impact on negotiations over the futures of some of the club’s current players.

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Both Washington and Purrington are out of contract at The Valley this summer, and when asked about the prospect of new deals for the pair, Jackson told The South London Press: “I haven’t signed myself, so it’s difficult for me to forward plan too much. But they have both been brilliant for me and they are a key part of what I’m trying to do.”

Indeed, it seems Jackson is keen to get the managerial decision sorted, so that issues around player future can be addressed with the January window on the horizon, as he added: “We’re going to need to look at those situations very soon – and our recruitment in January.

“We need to think about the ones we want to get tied down longer term as well, the ones who are with us. All I can say is they are very much part of my plans going forward.”

Striker Washington has 16 goals in 57 appearances in all competitions for the Addicks since joining in the summer of 2020.

Purrington meanwhile, initially joined the club on loan from Rotherham in January 2019, making that move permanent in the summer of that same year.

In total, the left-back has made 96 appearances for Charlton, scoring on nine occassions for the club.

The Verdict

It feels like Jackson is trying to nudge Charlton towards making his appointment as manager a permanent one here, and you can’t really blame him.

Ever since taking charge in October, Jackson has worked wonders for the club, meaning he does seem to deserve the role, and he would certainly be a popular choice among the fans.

Indeed, having that certainty from a managerial perspective is important with the January window coming up, since that should help convince players about agreeing to deals at The Valley.

You can also understand why Jackson might want to get new contracts done for Washington and Purrington, with both proving to be key players for Charlton under his management recently.


UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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