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Top six favourites to become new Charlton boss as they sack manager after six months

The top six favourites to become new Charlton Athletic boss has been revealed as they sack their manager Ben Garner after six months.

The 42-year-old had only joined the club from Swindon in June, signing a three-year-deal at The Valley, an appointment that surprised many.

However Charlton have taken only two points from their past five League One matches to slip to 17th, just seven points above the relegation zone.


Charlton Athletic can confirm the departure of Ben Garner as the club’s men’s first-team Manager.

Owner Thomas Sandgaard said: “We would like to thank Ben for his hard work and commitment to the job. In his time at Charlton, the club have achieved some stand-out results, including big wins against some of the better teams in this league.

“Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to sustain a consistency of results and our league position and recent form have left us in a situation where we had to act to give ourselves the best opportunity to get the most from this season as well as building a positive and winning environment for future years.

“We wish Ben the best for the future. Our search for a new manager has begun.”

Further information on a Caretaker Manager will be confirmed in due course.


Mon 5 Dec – 5:15pm
Steve Morison – 6/1
Darren Ferguson – 6/1
Marc Bircham – 6/1
David Artell – 8/1
Chris Wilder – 10/1
Lee Bowyer – 10/1
Neil Critchley – 12/1
Scott Parker – 12/1

Tue 6 Dec – 8:30am
Marc Bircham – 5/4
Dean Holden – 2/1
Lee Bowyer – 10/1
Kenny Jackett – 10/1
Steve Cotterill – 12/1
David Artell – 16/1

Tue 6 Dec – 2:30pm
Dean Holden – 4/5
Marc Bircham – 5/2
Leam Richardson – 6/1
Anthony Hayes – 8/1
Lee Bowyer – 12/1
Kenny Jackett – 12/1
Steve Cotterill – 14/1
David Artell – 20/1

Tue 6 Dec – 2:30pm
Dean Holden – 7/10
Marc Bircham – 4/1
Leam Richardson – 5/1
Anthony Hayes – 6/1
Lee Bowyer – 12/1
Kenny Jackett – 12/1

“We’ve got more than enough there to win the game and I think we’ve played well enough to win the game,” said Garner following his side’s latest setback.

“We’ve got injuries, we’ve got a player ill, a player suspended but that’s where we are. We have to do more to come through that. That comes back to mentality. That’s something that has to change at the football club. I’m not trying to take pressure off me, but I don’t think it’s a managerial issue.

“You can keep changing manager every three or four months if you want. It’s deeper than that. It’s a cultural issue. It’s a mentality issue. That’s harder to change but that’s what we’ve got to do. I want to do that. I’m very willing to do that. I know I’ll be successful if I’m given the opportunity to do that.”

US-based owner Thomas Sandgaard was in attendance at The Valley to see the defeat.

When asked how his conversations with his boss have gone this week, Garner said: “They’ve been fine. I haven’t really had too many conversations [with Sandgaard].

“We spoke briefly about recruitment for January and that’s it. From my perspective, I can’t work any harder than I am. I will continue to do that and fight and give everything for this football club. I don’t feel external pressure because I can’t place any more pressure than I do on myself. There’s deep change needed.

“I’m not deflecting off me, I’m taking absolute full responsibility. But I do think it’s deeper than that. You can change manager and you might get a short reaction but then it will seed back to the norm. We have to change that. We have to change the whole mentality of the football club and how we move forward.

“We had a brief conversation about January and then we’re going to take that further. It will be a really important window for us. We want to come out of it as strongly as we can. Whatever the budget is, it’s about doing the best possible with that.”

He said on potentially spending in January: “I don’t know is the honest answer. I’ll give my suggestions to Thomas. I’m sure that Steve [Gallen] will be doing the same from his perspective. Hopefully we can recruit well and add to the group.”

This is what fans said as Charlton Athletic sack their manager after six months in charge…

@ad_hatch: So you appoint Garner because of his style of play, sign a load of league 2 players that don’t fit his style of play and then sack him before the transfer window abandoning the project you selected him for? Do it the Charlton way

@willhbrooker: Garner is not the problem 🎸🎸🎸🎸🎸

@jbennett1997: Clubs finished

@EllCrabb: Absolutely ridiculous. Gave the man the job, didn’t give him any funds and expect him to work a miracle. The manager isn’t the problem.

@MichaelNourse2: All this money he’s spent on paying managers off would make for a healthy transfer budget I reckon. Sandgaard out now, please take your son and addicks to victory with you.

@Maccn5: Is this an admission that’s Thomas’s desired style of football was wrong? & Martins recommendation was also wrong? Absolutely no thought or strategy to this just more evidence that our owner is a clueless idiot. Guess it’s time to go and get that Champions League manager

@MarcusHoare1: Whole thing is an absolute shambles. If they wanted that style of play so badly then the chequebook needed to be opened up to get the players to do it. TS is absolutely clueless and just needs to go.

@alexbaker888: How can you expect him to do well when he don’t get any money to buy players? Joke of a club

@crimp_it: SANDGAARDS OUT 🔴

@Nozza_: Sack a club legend to bring in someone to play a certain style, give him a mess of a squad to do it and then sack him after a few months. Great work as always, Thomas. #cafc

@ben180smalley: What an absolute joke! As Ben said in last interview sacking the manager isn’t going to change the poor management and culture of our club. A club us supporters have grown with through highs and lows. This won’t change until we get TS out and an owner who wants us. #cafc #TSout

@WestLondonAddi1: Everyone at the club – staff and fanbase, knows who the real problem is – the Sandgaard family. Protests against the ownership now inevitable- our club is being ruined.

@Wattos: Only one person to blame @SandgaardThomas go and have a look in the mirror and you will see him. It’s like sending someone deep sea diving with out oxygen. It’s time for you to go!

@LewisCatt9: To make the bold decision to sack club legend Johnnie Jackson and give his replacement less than six months in the role… I’m lost for words. #cafc

@TelMc1: You didn’t back him in the summer @SandgaardThomas and you haven’t backed him now. Not as bloody easy as you thought is it? Perhaps hire a management team that understand football, then step back & hope to reflect in the success rather than making it all about you 💥 #cafc

@lewisjpl: Solves nothing, not sure what the owner is expecting him to do, when we didn’t sign a striker. Really sad what we have become over the last few years. #cafc #Sacked #RIPGarnerball

@AllShaftNoHelm: How disheartening 😔 I’m a Spurs fan but have enjoyed several games at The Valley over the years, including a few games this season. Not a lot makes sense when it comes to the owners and the board in my opinion. Should definitely be giving Ben Garner time and a bit of cash!

@SamSamcarter11: This is shocking. No plan, no stability, nothing.

@theMrSwiv: Not given the time or tools. ♾

@DavidJarvis25: Shambles. What was the point of dismissing Jackson then not backing the new man? #cafc

@WestLondonAddi1: Garner was Martin Sandgaard’s appointment- when is Martin being held accountable, and sacked ?

@Jackosaysrelax: Sad because he was building something. If he had been backed properly could have been totally different. We need to ramp the preassure up on sandgaard to sell now. #cafc

@champagnejimmy: What an absolute joke of a club. It’s embarrassing to support you at the moment. I am ceasing any money into the club until things change #cafc

@brayash24: Why did the owner go out his way to get “his man” and play “his style of football” then not even give him half the tools he needs to succed? It’s the 5th December and we don’t have a LB in the squad and woefully short in my other positions. It’s a disgrace

@juve93addicks: Not even surprised anymore. Changing managers far too often and TS expecting results immediately. He’s a better owner than the previous bunch but he really needs to do more to ensure the club has a better future going forward. Wish Jacko had stayed on.

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