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.’