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Reborn Charlton dreams big thanks to Johnnie Jackson’s unwavering belief as he claims a job

An excerpt from the moving speech by Johnnie Jackson’s team following Saturday’s 2-0 win over table top Plymouth was posted by Charlton on social media this week, capturing the manager’s growing sense of confidence by interim.

“We will continue to win,” Jackson said in the locker room. “We’ll go to Morecambe and win, we’ll go to Shrewsbury and win. And we don’t stop. I keep saying it: we don’t stop. Because no one can live with you.

Since replacing Nigel Adkins on October 21, Jackson has led Charlton to four wins and a draw in five league games, including clashes with promotion favorites Plymouth, Rotherham and Sunderland.

Ahead of Tuesday night’s visit to Morecambe, there is a growing sense that the Jackson’s Charlton are themselves among the teams to beat in League One, despite having won just two of their opening 13 games.

“I know we can compete with anyone in the league,” Jackson said Standard sport. “You saw it. Plymouth is in the lead, hasn’t lost since day one and they’re a very good team. And we matched them. I’m just trying to make the guys believe, because I do. believe.

“It’s easier to make a team speech when you just got a great result,” he added of his post-game rallying cry. “It was good to give the fans insight, it creates a connection that maybe didn’t exist between the players and the supporters.

“We’re really starting to establish some harmony now. Although I think it would be too much to have my team’s discussion filmed every week!

Fostering unity from the boardroom to the terraces is important to Jackson, who has witnessed Charlton’s turbulent years as a player and coach.

Saturday’s victory came in front of The Valley’s first sold-out crowd since the play-off semi-final against Doncaster in 2019, with 26,090 fans in attendance following a club’s social media campaign.

“We all want to come back to the Premier League,” said Jackson, who spent nine seasons as an Addicks player. “We realized how huge a club it is, especially at this level. Saturday was a little reminder and a taste of what it can become. It reminded me of some of the good days I spent there. It was right up there with everything I’ve been through.


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