Jackson: Charlton squad fully focused on the football despite takeover talk

Charlton captain Johnnie Jackson says the Charlton squad are fully focused on the New Year’s Day fixture against Gillingham, despite the takeover rumours that are currently surrounding the club. 

Following the resignation of Chief Executive Katrien Meire on Thursday, owner Roland Duchatelet admitted that ‘various parties’ were interested in a potential takeover of the Addicks. 

But speaking after Charlton’s hard-fought draw at league-leaders Wigan Athletic, skipper Jackson revealed that he and his teammates only have their eyes on Monday’s Valley clash against The Gills

“It’s not a concern of ours, as players,” he said. “Obviously, it is important news for the gaffer and how he approaches the next month with the transfer window opening. 

“I don’t know the ins and outs of it but from a player point of view nothing changes. We’ve got another game on Monday and we go again. 

“We’ve got to get our training in, we’ve got to get our recovery in and that is all the focus is. 

“I always say control the things that you can and don’t worry about the things that you can’t and, as players, our big focus in the next game. Of course, you worry about the state of the cub and what is happening but the next game is the most important thing for us.”

The Addicks, who are currently missing eight first-teamers through injury, worked tirelessly to record a point at the DW Stadium and Jackson was full for praise for their display. 

He said: “Wigan are a good side and it’s a difficult place to go. We had a gameplan, we stuck to it and I think it worked. 

“Most importantly of all, we had 14 men – and that’s an important word - out there giving everything they had and leaving it all out on the pitch. 

“We were disappointed with the Southend game on Boxing Day, how it went and how we went about it. It wasn’t a true reflection of us. 

“Since then, a few home truths have been said, we’ve sorted a few things out about how we need to improve. We utilised all the time we had and we got the rewards for that at Wigan.”

Tickets for Charlton’s first match of 2018 against Gillingham at The Valley on Monday can be purchased online by clicking here

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