Curbishley: "Suddenly the whole feeling has changed"

The Addicks host Rotherham United at The Valley on Tuesday and club legend Alan Curbishley believes the feel-good factor is back at the club following the appointment of Johnnie Jackson as Caretaker Manager.

Speaking on CharltonTV Curbishley, and host Scott Minto, discussed the positive impact following the decision to change manager.

The Addicks have won their last two games, an impressive 1-0 away win at Sunderland followed by a dominant 4-0 victory at home to Doncaster Rovers.

Curbishley said: “Thomas [Sandgaard] would have hoped this would happen. I think he was in a quandary with Nigel and decided to make the change and he’d have hoped this would have happened. Getting something at Sunderland – great, winning was fantastic and then getting the feel-good factor back and we’ve gone and done that. 

“Jacko’s galvanized it, which Thomas as the Owner would hope for, and now we roll on to Tuesday. Rotherham are a really good side in this league but the fans will be behind it. We had a lot more here on Saturday, with Kids for a Quid etc. I think because of the feel good, we should have a decent crowd here on Tuesday. Get behind the team because it is going to be a harder game. Then momentum, if we can get anything against Rotherham or even beat them, we’re suddenly looking upwards.”

Minto explained he was pleased Sandgaard didn’t rush into a decision to change the Manager: “I felt it was the right decision at the right time even though some sections of the fans were wanting it before with Nigel. I thought it was really important to see we’ve got an owner who is not trigger happy, that he wants to give people a chance, that we don’t get into this culture of manager after manager and suddenly we are chasing our own tail. We’ve seen the fruits of the decision in the last two games.”

Curbishley added: “It was a difficult one for him, he’s appointed Nigel, we nearly got in the playoffs, then we’ve started off poorly. I think he was giving Nigel as much time as he could to turn the thing around because of the structure that he’s put in place, Nigel is apart of it. It wasn’t to be, he’s made the right decision. 

“We’re looking up, we’re out of the bottom four and now we start trying to put a run together because, with this squad, we are capable of putting a run together. Suddenly, the whole feeling has changed.” 

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