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Sky Sports pundit issues verdict on Charlton Athletic’s decision to part ways with Johnnie Jackson

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Sky Sports pundit Andy Hinchcliffe has admitted that he believes that it was a harsh decision by Charlton Athletic to part ways with Johnnie Jackson.

Jackson was relieved of his duties at The Valley last week following the culmination of the 2021/22 campaign.

After guiding the club to seven wins in 10 league games as caretaker boss, the 39-year-old was appointed on a full-time basis in December.

The Addicks were unable to maintain their consistency following the turn of the year as they eventually had to settle for a 13th-place finish in the third-tier.

With Charlton owner Thomas Sandgaard keen to take the club in a new direction, Jackson’s brief stint in charge was brought to an end.

Despite the fact that Sandgaard has yet to draft in a replacement for Jackson, alterations to The Addicks squad have already been made as six players were released yesterday.

Making reference to Charlton’s decision to sack Jackson, Hinchcliffe has admitted that he believes it was a tough call to make.

Speaking on the latest episode of the Sky Sports EFL Podcast, Hinchcliffe said: “It does seem a tough call because Johnnie obviously has been around Charlton a long time, a legend really there but there is not a lot of sentiment in football anymore.

“The problem is, when you’ve been involved at a club and you step up to be a caretaker manager and you step into that position, if it doesn’t work out or the club wants to make change, very suddenly a player and a person who has been involved heavily can suddenly be out of the club completely.

“So actually, it may be a bit of a worry for other people in certain positions at clubs regarding whether you want to take that head coach role on as it is precarious.”

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Hinchcliffe later added: “But yeah, it does seem a little bit harsh.

“Of course you can’t just keep somebody in the job because they have done so well as a player or they are a legend.

“You have to believe that that person is the one to take the club forward into the next season.”

The Verdict

Hinchcliffe’s comments are understandable as Jackson would have been hoping to have more time to implement his own ideas at Charlton.

However, with the Addicks opting to part ways with Jackson, it will be intriguing to see who they draft in as his replacement.

Considering that Charlton will be hoping to challenge for a top-six finish in League One next season, whoever takes over the managerial role at the club will need to be backed in the transfer market.

As for Jackson, it will be intriguing to see whether he decides to have another go at management in the future following his time in charge of the Addicks.


Freelance writer for Football League World. Previously worked for 90min & GiveMeSport.

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