harlton owner Thomas Sandgaard says he already has “several names” in mind to succeed Lee Bowyer, who resigned as manager on Monday, and has revealed Jonnie Jackson will be considered for the permanent job.
Bowyer is expected to be named as the new boss of Championship club Birmingham City after resigning his post at the Valley, where he spent three years in charge.
Bowyer’s former assistant Jackson will take charge of the first team for Tuesday’s match against Bristol Rovers and Sandgaard revealed he will be considered as a permanent successor by the League One club.
“Ideally, we’ll have something in place before the end of the week,” Sandgaard told Standard Sport. “My preference is a permanent boss. A Plan B would be someone that would be a caretaker, maybe between now and the end of the season. But my preference is we get someone in permanently.
“We have several names in mind already. For now it’s Johnnie Jackson. I spoke to him already this morning and he is taking care of the team. He’ll be leading the team for our Tuesday game. I know he has a great history with the club and a great personality and he’s interested in the job. So he’s definitely someone we’re considering.”
Bowyer is set to replace Aitor Karanka at St. Andrews, returning to the club where he spent two-and-a-half seasons as a player from January 2009.
“Of course it makes a lot of sense,” said Sandgaard. “He has a good history with Birmingham, a good relationship with them and it’s his chance to go and lead a team that plays in the Championship.”
Bowyer took over the Addicks as caretaker boss in March 2018 following the departure of Karl Robinson, and was permanently appointed six months later.
The 44-year guided the club to a third-place finish in his first full season in charge, beating Sunderland 2-1 in the play-off final at Wembley to win promotion to the Championship. However, Charlton only lasted one season in the second tier as they were relegated last season.
He leaves them eighth in League One, having won 14 of their 35 matches this season and still in contention to finish in the play-off places.
“We still have a good relationship with him, we wish him all the best in his career,” added Sandgaard. “Of course you’re always surprised when something like this happens but it’s probably not in the category of the biggest surprises in my life.”