Friday 25 February 2022

Massive loss looms

Richard Cawley reviews the various challenges facing Charlton as they seek to avoid a worst ever league finish:

The 0-0 home draw against Sheffield Wednesday at the beginning of the season was seen as a creditable result and it was.   However on Saturday a depleted Charlton face an on form Massives side at Hillsborough with Wednesday chasing a play off place.

The one piece of good news is that Mason Burstow looks as if he might be available.  It was severe cramp rather than a hamstring that felled him on Tuesday.

I agree with the diagnosis of the Burgundy (formerly Blackheath) Addick that a 4-5-1 would be the best formation on Saturday.   As a minimum we have to try and keep a clean sheet, although MacGillivray in goal has been disappointing.

At home the Massives have won nine, drawn four and lost two but they are hardly prolific goal scorers,

The same keyboard warriors who were calling for Johnnie Jackson's immediate appointment are now calling for his dismissal.   I had more reservations than many about Jackson's appointment as I thought that he was as much part of the problem as part of the solution, particularly as he was in charge of defensive coaching.

I am also rather sceptical of the argument that the manager should have a Charlton background.   There would be benefit in an outsider who could take a long hard look at everything - if he was given the autonomy and authority to do so, which is a big if.

Nevertheless, Jackson proved himself in his caretaker spell.   Unfortunately once the players had got their desired outcome, performances dropped.

In the recent past we have changed managers every seven and a half months.   This is not a formula for success.   Jackson at least needs a pre-season and a chance to bring in the players he would like - if he is allowed to.

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