Charlton have parted company with manager Nigel Adkins after just seven months in charge, the League One club have announced.
Adkins was appointed in March after Lee Bowyer departed for Birmingham, and almost led Charlton into the play-off places as they finished seventh. But this season the club are mired in the League One relegation zone with only two wins from their first 13 league games.
The Charlton owner, Thomas Sandgaard, told the club website: “Nigel joined us at the end of last season and had an immediate impact, as we finished the season well, just missing out on a play-off place on goal difference. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to carry that form into this season.”
“I’d like to thank Nigel for his hard work, positivity and continued professionalism during his time at the club,” Sandgaard added. “We are all disappointed that it hasn’t worked out this season and we wish him the very best for the future.”
Assistant manager Johnnie Jackson will take over as the club’s caretaker manager and will be assisted by first-team coach Jason Euell. The Addicks face a tough trip to promotion-chasing Sunderland on Saturday, before a home tie against the current bottom club, Doncaster, on 30 October.
Adkins, whose final game in charge saw Charlton lose 3-2 at home to Accrington on Tuesday, led Southampton back to the Premier League before being replaced by Mauricio Pochettino in 2013. He also managed at Reading, Sheffield United and Hull before taking over at the Valley last season.