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Charlton owner has spoken to Steven Gerrard’s assistant about managerial work, but fan favorite could provide the solution


Charlton owner Thomas Sandgaard said talks have been held with Steven Gerrard’s right-hand man Michael Beale to become the Addicks’ new boss.

The post has been vacant since October, when Nigel Adkins was sacked after a disastrous start to the campaign, which saw Charlton drop to his lowest league position since the 1920s.

Michael Beale (right) helped Rangers win their first Scottish title in 10 years
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One man Sandgaard has spoken to is Michael Beale, the now Aston Villa assistant coach who had been credited with much of the Rangers’ success under former boss Steven Gerrard.

The former Chelsea, Liverpool and Sao Paulo coach has strong ties to south London, grew up there and played in Charlton’s academy in his youth and caught Sandgaard’s attention.

“He has a fantastic track record,” the Addicks owner explained speaking to London News Online, “especially on the support side. Of course, we spoke to Michael.

However, given that Beale followed Gerrard to Aston Villa last week, the Charlton chairman may no longer have him as an option.

Charlton owner has spoken to Steven Gerrard's assistant about managerial work, but fan favorite could provide the solution
Sandgaard took over as owner of the Addicks in September 2020 and aims to bring the Addicks back to the Premier League
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But all is not lost for the Dane in the search for a new manager.

Adkins’ departure was an opportunity for assistant manager and former club captain Johnnie Jackson to temporarily take charge and prove that he has what it takes to step up and manage the club he spent 11 years.

And to say that Jackson seized the opportunity with both hands would be an understatement.

The 36-year-old have won 10 out of a possible 12 points since taking power, including beating promotion rivals Sunderland on the road and holding Rotherham high to a 1-1 draw.

However, despite Jackson changing Charlton’s season, the club’s Danish owner has confirmed that the job hunt could continue for another month.

Charlton owner has spoken to Steven Gerrard's assistant about managerial work, but fan favorite could provide the solution
Jackson retired from football in 2018 after a season as a player-coach and has since earned his coaching badges.
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Charlton owner has spoken to Steven Gerrard's assistant about managerial work, but fan favorite could provide the solution
Former Addicks players Lee Bowyer and Johnnie Jackson lead the Addicks up for promotion to the championship in 2019
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Sandgaard said, “This is more of a business decision than a fan popularity decision.

“What is very evident in a situation like this is that we are interviewing other potential candidates who might be available at this level.

“I want to make sure we have enough time to do it, so that we don’t do anything in a hurry.

“If there is a better candidate for the club in the short and medium term, we’ll just go back to the setup as before. Johnnie is an excellent assistant manager, we already know that ”.

The Addicks will face the league-leading Plymouth Argyle this weekend, and if Jackson can earn all three points ahead of the Addicks loyalists, Sandgaard may not need to look any further.

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