Will it be Jacko?
With news that Rochdale’s Keith Hill could not “agree terms” and would rather stay in Rochdale than move to Charlton, that Russell Slade is now in the sights of Blackburn and the Nigel Adkins’ trail has gone a little cold, it is skipper Johnnie Jackson who is now installed as the bookies favourite.
After the fruitless efforts to hire Chris Wilder were carried out in the media, Duchatelet has covered his search for a new manager in a security blanket. Mind you the day we were expected to announce a new manager the Belgian instead was at press conference to unveil that he has ‘bought back’ Sint-Truiden when he openly trolled Addicks’ fans about the pitfall’s of foreign ownership. More from me on that another day.
But this post is about Jacko. In January 2011 when Chris Powell was announced as our new manager I wrote: “My heart aches with undying joy but also trepidation but I know more than anything else that Chris Powell’s heart has Charlton Athletic Football Club running through it like a stick of rock. Welcome home Chris. Make us proud again.”
If Jackson is appointed I would have the same intense feeling of apprehension and the unthinkable promise that I had when Powell was appointed. Meire may turn her nose up at our history but I suspect she has turned the clock back 5 years and is promoting Jackson to Duchatelet. She has used him before as her own human shield, and would without doubt hope that the appointment of the skipper would take the heat off her and buy her some time.
Duchatelet is known to prefer an experienced British coach (huh?) and is willing to pay, but he will absolutely not back down on his conditions of how the club should be run. Any experienced manager, who is not at the dead end of their career, would not willingly accept Duchatelet’s interference and behaviour. Look at Keith Hill, a legend at Rochdale, who left once for much more money at Barnsley, and failed. He went back to Rochdale and it clicked again and he will be very much in charge of his own destiny at Spotland.
Duchatelet will look on the appointment of Jacko as financially better for him and he is more likely in his first ever managerial job be willing to accept the owner’s demands. Meire respects Jacko and Duchatelet still incredulously values her opinion.
For Jackson to work I would suggest he needs a strong director of football and Simon Clark playing a vital assistant manager’s role. Jackson may turn up two fingers and he probably should run a mile but as we enter the 4th week after the season ended, something has to happen soon.