Charlton Athletic appointed Dean Holden as their head coach in December 2022 when the team was sitting in 17th spot in League One, very close to the relegation zone. His first match at The Valley was an EFL Cup match against Brighton, and Holden managed a victory on penalties following a 0-0 draw – it’s difficult to imagine a better start!
Charlton was eventually beaten by Manchester United in the quarter-finals, but an improved form towards the end of the season allowed the Addicks to finish 10th in the league. However, the poor start of the 2023/24 campaign – one win and five losses – has resulted in Holden’s sacking. Expectedly, the next Charlton Athletic manager odds have surged in recent days, with former Charlton defender Jason Pearce currently acting as caretaker.
Charlton Athletic Next Manager Betting List
Lee Johnson, who has vast coaching experience in the lower English leagues, is viewed as the frontrunner in the Charlton Athletic next manager odds. The full list of candidates also includes interim manager Jason Pearce despite the 35-year-old’s lack of experience.
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Despite him being sacked by Hibernian earlier this week, the bookmakers view Lee Johnson as the top candidate in the next Charlton Athletic manager odds. In the 2022/23 term, Johnson led Hibernian to a 5th place finish in the Scottish Premiership which allowed the team to qualify for UEFA Conference League football in the new season. However, the current league campaign started with three consecutive defeats for Hibs, so the club decided to part ways with the 42-year-old gaffer.
Johnson is known for his data-driven, attacking approach which he started implementing during his time at Bristol City in the Championship (2016-2020). His top achievement with The Robins was the 2017/18 EFL cup run when his team reached the semi-finals, having eliminated Manchester United in the previous rounds and only going down to eventual winners Manchester City. His CV also includes stints at Oldham Athletic, Barnsley and Sunderland, all in the lower tiers of English football.
Karl Robinson is another young, modern and promising manager. He became the youngest ever coach in the history of professional English football when, aged 29, he was appointed by Milton Keynes Dons in League One. His last job was at Leeds United where he worked as an assistant to Sam Allardyce for a short 30 days.
If we were to speak about his experience as head coach, Robinson’s top achievement is taking MK Dons to the Championship in the 2014/15 season, although the team failed to survive the increased competition and were relegated back to League One. The Dons aside, Karl has also coached Charlton Athletic and Oxford United in the past. While his stint at The Valley was nothing special, the 42-year-old showed signs of improvement during his time at Oxford United – reaching the promotion play-offs twice – so it’s easy to see why Charlton Athletic would want him back.
Steve Cotterill is the most experienced manager on the list, having started his coaching career way back in 1995 when he took charge of Sligo Rovers in the Republic of Ireland. In 1997, Cotterill returned to his city of birth, being appointed head coach by semi-professional Cheltenham Town. It was under the Englishman's guidance that Cheltenham eventually reached League Two, achieving professional status.
Cotterill has had a long and illustrious career, winning the League Two with Notts County in 2009/10 the League One with Bristol City in 2014/15. The 59-year-old also worked at the likes of Stoke City, Nottingham Forest and Burnley, but he never coached at a level above the Championship.
Cotterill’s experience and tactical flexibility would make him a great appointment for the Addicks. He is currently out of work as he left Shrewsbury Town at the end of last season.
Unlike the other candidates to become the next Charlton Athletic manager, Michael Appleton has experience coaching in the Premier League – one game for West Brom in 2011/12 and two games for Leicester City in 2017/18, although only on an interim basis. His experience as head coach includes spells in the lower tiers with Portsmouth, Blackpool (twice), Blackburn Rovers, Oxford United, and Lincoln City.
Appleton is currently a free agent as his return to Blackpool in 2022/23 did not go according to plan, with the 47-year-old being sacked seven months into his job after managing just one win in the first 11 league games. The combination of experience and adaptability suggests that Appleton has good chances to turn things around at The Valley.
Jason Pearce, who has been appointed interim manager, may be considered for the permanent spot in case he does well in the opening weeks. This will be the 35-year-old’s first time leading a senior side, as his only coaching experience to date being the 2022/23 season with Charlton Athletic U18 side. However, he has a vast knowledge of the club, having played at The Valley since 2016 and up until his retirement in 2022.
Due to the lack of data, little can be said about Pearce's coaching style. His first game in charge will be the home encounter with Fleetwood Town on September 2. It remains to be seen whether the 35-year-old has what it takes to lead a team in League One.