Charlton next permanent manager odds
The search for Charlton Athletic’s latest manager has ended, with Karl Robinson becoming the fifth manager to lead the club in 2016.
Karel Fraeye, Jose Riga and Russell Slade all failed to produce the goods for the League One club, before interim manager Kevin Nugent took control of three games prior to Robinson’s arrival as the club’s new head coach.
Despite a positive start, in which Charlton secured a 1-1 draw against title-chasers Sheffield United in Robinson’s debut game, the new boss will know all too well that results mean everything in this game, given he was dismissed from MK Dons back in October following a poor start to the season.
Currently sat in a mid-table position, Charlton will be hopeful that their new manager can push the club into the play-off spots this season. However, given their recent decline, another change never seems too far off. So, if Robinson’s reign proves to be just as shambolic as those that came before him, who with Charlton turn to next in their bid to return to the top of English football?
Despite the lack of job stability, Charlton weren’t short of suitors prior to Robinson’s appointment and there are likely to be plenty of candidates to pick from next time round, too.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was thought to be among the frontrunners prior to Robinson’s arrival and could find himself in the running next time the position becomes available. The former goalscorer will undoubtedly be looking for a route back into management following his struggled with Queens Park Rangers. The Championship proved to be too difficult for the up-and-coming boss and a step down a division would suit him at this stage of his career. Better yet, as a former Charlton player, Hasselbaink wouldn’t need too long to adjust to his surrounds and could provide the instant boost that Charlton need to push on this season.
Like Hasselbaink, Steve Evans also failed to cut it in the Championship, despite saving Leeds United from relegation last season. He is now manager of League Two side Mansfield Town, but would undoubtedly relish the opportunity to climb back up a division.
Unlike Hasselbaink, he has plenty of experience in the lower leagues of English football and had a great spell with Rotherham United, who he guided from League One to the Championship, prior to joining Leeds. Charlton will be hoping to produce a similar feat in the coming years and Evans could be just the man to produce the goods.
If the club are looking for experience, Nigel Adkins would be another suitable choice. The former Wigan Athletic goalkeeper proved his managerial abilities after switching his physio role for the Scunthorpe United hotseat back in 2006. After guiding the club to the Championship, he took over Southampton in League One and took them to the Premier League.
Charlton will be hoping to achieve a similar feat and Adkins would certainly inspire hope that the club could one day return to the Premier League. However, there is a long road ahead for Charlton Athletic and patience and stability will be key to achieving their goals.