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.
“I told the guys what it’s like when it’s full and they sway and get behind you. But maybe they needed to see it with their own eyes. Hope we can make it look more like the norm. “
Jackson made adjustments to training, increasing the intensity of sessions and requiring his players to cover more ground during games, but his biggest change was the move to a 3-5-2 system, while his creative use of the team attracted attention. .
Left-back Ben Purrington has been turned back, scoring three times in five games, while midfielder Sean Clare looks natural to the right of the three full-backs.
“I wouldn’t say it’s always been my ambition to play 3-5-2,” said Jackson. “You look at the opposition, you look at the available staff and you come up with something that you think will work.
“One thing that is close to my heart is two forwards. I’m not sure it works at a higher level all the time, but it’s something we’ve had a lot of success with with Lee Bowyer as a manager, and we got promoted [to the Championship in 2018-19] on the back of it. This is something that I wanted to advance in my philosophy.
“I [also] Let’s go back to the days of Chris Powell and the way he handled the man, how he made me feel like a player and got the best out of me, ”added Jackson. “You are constantly taking little nuggets away from the managers you have worked with. “
As it stands, the 39-year-old could hardly have done more to convince Sandgaard that he deserves this opportunity.
“I made it clear that I wanted to manage, I feel ready to manage,” Jackson said. “I like to train, I like to be an assistant [to Bowyer and Adkins] but the next logical step for me is to become a manager and I would love this opportunity to be at Charlton. I have a real affinity with the football club but I have confidence in myself and I can succeed wherever I go.
“I know [the owner] is happy with the way it’s going. I’m sure we’ll have time for a chat, but my main goal is to get the team ready for the games.