Johnnie Jackson was interviewed on Talk Sport today. Here are a few key quotes, some of them courtesy of VOTV columnist Natasha Everitt.
Jacko said: “I've seen it all [at Charlton], I’ve been
through some real ups and downs. There was a period there under Chris Powell
where we had success and I was really hoping that that would be the catalyst
for the club to kick on, and that never happened..."
“Then we got momentum again under Lee Bowyer and myself when
we managed to get promoted again to the Championship, but history repeated
itself really and we didn’t get the help we needed that season to make a real
go of it. We found ourselves falling backwards again. It’s been disillusioning..."
“But this time round with the owner we’ve got now, Thomas
Sandgaard, there’s some real positivity around the place and he’s got some real
ambitions for the football club... hopefully those couple of decades are behind
us. The club is in a much better place,
much better hands.”
The Orange One recalled the hostile reception he got at The
Valley, but spoke positively about JJ: ‘He sounds like a very grown up
manager. I want him to do well.’ Jim White, Roland's mate, reminded listeners that we were
going to miss out on the play offs again.
Jacko said we’ve got to try and finish the season strong,
win every game. We need a feel good
factor around the place, ending the season with some optimism, some
positivity. It was his 12th season at the club
in different roles. ‘I’ve got a real feeling for what the club’s about. Although I am a young manager I bring a lot
of club experience to the table.’
Jacko admitted that it had been more challenging than he had
expected. ‘We were at our most depleted
when we faced the toughest run of fixtures.
We’ve come through it now. It
makes you stronger in the long run.’
‘It’s a really important summer for us, recruitment is going
to be key. I have a clear idea of the
type of squad I want to build, keeping the right ones from this year that we’ve
got a nucleus of. We’ll need the owner’s
help with that.’