Former Charlton Athletic defender Steve Brown has delivered his verdict on Nigel Adkins’ current situation, saying he had expected that kind of pressure given the poor start to the season.
In what is Adkins’ first full season at the helm, the Addicks are only one spot down in League One and have won only once in their first 10 games.
Their 4-1 loss to Bolton Wanderers at the Valley in the middle of the week may have been the low point of the season so far and you think with the international break coming up, Saturday’s game against Fleetwood Town could be the 56-year-old’s last chance to save his job.
Speaking to London News Online, Brown – who spent 10 years with Charlton and made nearly 250 appearances for the club – addressed Adkins ‘current situation and suggested he understands fans’ frustration.
He said: “If you take on a managerial role, you know how modern football works.
“If you have four or five bad results, the pressure starts to build.
“We’re now a win in 10 and you can feel the pressure on the ground. They [the fans] always try to get behind the team when performance warrants it. But, in the same way, when we collapse like we did in the last 20 minutes on Tuesday, they’re going to voice their frustrations.
“Nigel has been in the game for a very long time, he will know the pressure is building. He’ll know he’s under the owner’s microscope, and more stands. They have come to a point where they are very frustrated.
“It’s a little dark right now. I don’t think there is anyone in the industry who doesn’t expect there to be pressure when results don’t come.
“It’s the first thing that happens in a football club when the results don’t come, you get that reaction from the stands and then it snowballs. Every result you don’t get snowballs a little more. .
In May, owner Thomas Sandgaard made some bold statements that Charlton had gotten a promotion this season and you think he will have a decision to make if his team fail to win again on the weekend.
They are already 11 points behind the top six and could see their promotion hopes fade further if they don’t change things quickly.
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That’s a fair assessment of Brown, who is in a good position to provide insight given his ties to the south London club.
The kind of pressure Adkins is currently under is part of modern football and if Charlton were to lose on Saturday you think the 56-year-old can’t complain if Sandgaard pulls the trigger.
Neither results nor performances have been there for the Addicks this quarter and it’s a dire situation.
The international break promises to be the perfect time to change and allow a new manager to get his ideas across.
All eyes on Fleetwood Saturday.