A penny for Johnnie Jackson’s thoughts this week. I know they say that in the modern game that players don’t get too attached to managers, but Jacko and Solly must be wondering what an earth is happening to the club they have shown so much loyalty to.
Jacko is the most respected and loved Charlton player of a generation, yet this is not proving a banner season for the skipper. Saturday painstakingly showed the skipper up for someone that is teetering on the end of his career. Definitely he can no longer do a job out wide, in the middle, more so in a five, he can at least mix it up, break up play and get his foot in.
Also let us not forget that he is second top scorer, which should embarrass every midfielder and striker at the club, other than Ade Lookman.
His booking on Saturday was not just a man frustrated by an inept performance by the team he leads, but of a season full of frustrations. He knows better than anyone on the playing side the turmoil this club is in, and he’s right in the middle of it and is unable to affect it, save for being the occasional human shield for the CEO.
As fans we look to Jacko as a beacon of light, as a memory of much, much better days, and as someone that gives a shit.
It must seem light years away from the days when he, Michael Morrison and Lawrie Wilson used to drive into ‘work’ together to be met by Chris Powell and Alex Dyer at Sparrows Lane. 14 coaches of differing titles have taken training since Duchatelet forced out Chris Powell and Alex Dyer. What does Jacko, himself doing his coaching badges, really think about that?