Charlton AthleticSport

I want Jacko to get the job – Charlton skipper Jason Pearce calls for caretaker to be offered full-time role after providing direction that was missing under Adkins

Charlton captain Jason Pearce has called for caretaker boss Johnnie Jackson to be given the role permanently – saying he has given direction that was lacking under previous manager Nigel Adkins.

The former Addicks midfielder, who has spent the last few years as assistant manager to Lee Bowyer and Adkins, has transformed the South Londoners from a chaotic mess to a coherent outfit in the space of two weeks.

Charlton have taken seven points from a possible nine and gave high-flying Rotherham United a scare during Tuesday evening’s enthralling 1-1 draw at The Valley.

This is in stark contrast to the start of the season, where a run of just two wins in 13 saw Adkins sacked a fortnight ago.

Addicks owner Thomas Sandgaard has promised to give Jackson time to prove whether he can take the job on full-time and Pearce hopes that is how things will play out.

Pearce heads a cross away during the draw with Rotherham – only Jayden Stockley (7) won more aerial battles than the Addicks skipper (6) on Tuesday. Paul Edwards

“I’ve played with Jacko and played against him,” explained the 33-year-old centre-back. “Now he’s my manager and I’ve got total respect for Jacko. He’s come in and I think he’ll have a real big career in the game as a manager. I truly believe that. He’s come in and the way he’s been really good with everyone.

“I hope he gets the job. It’ll be great for the club. He knows the club. It’s our performances on the pitch that will determine that but it’s started well and hopefully will continue.

“Jacko’s come in and he’s similar to Bowyer because of the work ethic he expects every game. If we get that the quality, which is something we’ve got in the dressing room, means we’re going to get results.

“Everyone knows we’re disappointed with the start of the season. For whatever reason it didn’t work. Jacko’s been given the opportunity and he’s really galvanised the boys.

“We’re fully behind him and how he wants us to play. We’re trying to do it on the pitch and seven points out of nine is a great start. But we know we’ve got a lot of work still to do, we’re still in a precarious position that we don’t want to be in. So, we’ve got to get some points and move up that table.”

The difference that Jackson has made to the side over the past three games has been remarkable. The South Londoners have conceded just once in that time, having been breached 18 times in the eight outings before that – averaging more than two a game. Their average shots per game are up 34 per cent and shots on target has increased by 61 per cent over that time too.

Jackson has galvanised the side since taking over, says Pearce. Paul Edwards

Pearce was asked why there has been such a transformation since Adkins was shown the exit door. He said: “There were question marks over the effort but he’s just given us that direction which we needed.

“The training has been really good. We’ve been working hard in and out of possession. It’s been great. The boys have really taken to it and I think everyone can see on the pitch that we look like a real team, together.

“There were a few things maybe that weren’t quite right and it wasn’t clicking. The gaffer had been here before and is a great guy and he’s done really well. Something just wasn’t clicking. Obviously, something had to change.

“It did need a little bit of direction. Jacko’s come in, he was obviously assistant manager under the gaffer, and he’s given us that direction which we needed. Now we’re moving forward.

“Obviously, I don’t want to talk too much about the past but we’re in a good place at the moment and we want to continue that and move up that league.”


Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Everyone at the South London Press thanks you for your continued support.

Former Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has encouraged everyone in the country who can afford to do so to buy a newspaper, and told the Downing Street press briefing:


If you can afford to do so, we would be so grateful if you can make a donation which will allow us to continue to bring stories to you, both in print and online. Or please make cheques payable to “MSI Media Limited” and send by post to South London Press, Unit 112, 160 Bromley Road, Catford, London SE6 2NZ

One thought on “I want Jacko to get the job – Charlton skipper Jason Pearce calls for caretaker to be offered full-time role after providing direction that was missing under Adkins

  • ‘ It’s a funny old game saint’ as Jimmy Greaves said on many occasions and he was right ! The manager gives the players instructions and they or may not be always right. However, it is the players that take those instructions onto the pitch and they are then the ones who will dictate whether or not the instructions work or do not work.
    Jacko and Ewell have clearly done something that the players are happy to put into practice and although it is still early days, 7pts from 3 games is a good return, particularly as 2 of the games were against top 6 opposition. The game in between, against Doncaster did not look as if it was a game between 2 struggling sides, Charlton completely outplayed them and should have won by more. In my humble opinion, it is a no brainer and with all the pedigree as Charlton players over the years and their undoubted love of the Club, Jackson and Ewell should be given the job permanently. They have already installed the belief and confidence, which will grow as time passes, that will surely see the team rise up the League 1 table and who knows, is it too late to make the play offs ?


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.