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Reasoning emerges behind major decision at Charlton Athletic

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Charlton Athletic have parted company with Johnnie Jackson, as was announced on the club’s website this afternoon.

Jackson, 39, was in his first managerial role after taking over from Nigel Adkins in late October as caretaker manager, before being made permanent in December.

The former club captain took the club to a safe mid table position from being four points adrift inside the relegation zone when Adkins was relieved of his duties.

Richard Cawley, of the South London Press, believes that one of the main considerations in owner Thomas Sandgaard’s decision to dismiss Jackson was style of play.

Cawley revealed this in the following tweet: “Fairly clear indications that the style of football that Thomas Sandgaard wants, he didn’t feel was aligned to the way that Johnnie Jackson felt was best way to win promotion.”

The Addicks adopted a 3-5-2 formation under Jackson, not dissimilar from the one that the majority of teams towards the top end of League One have deployed this season, with the 39-year-old bringing Sean Clare and George Dobson in from the cold to be key players within it.

What stylistic approach Sandgaard wants will probably be revealed by the appointment of his replacement, until then it is very hard to predict which way he will lean.

The Verdict

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Johnnie Jackson did more than enough at Charlton Athletic this season, to deserve a summer transfer window, a full pre-season and a few months of patience in trying to build a credible play-off push with the Addicks next season.

He inherited a squad built for a different system, for another manager and was bold enough to remould certain players into his system, and overall, considering where they were when he took the reins, the former midfielder achieved success in his spell at the helm.

Jackson will certainly have offers to return to management in the EFL in the near future, although it is certainly a blow to his prospects after over 12 years of ups and downs with the club.


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