AFC Wimbledon Appoint Johnnie Jackson as New Manager

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AFC Wimbledon have appointed former Charlton Athletic manager Johnnie Jackson as their new head coach.

The 39-year-old was dismissed by the Addicks at the end of the season after a disappointing 13th-placed finish.

Johnnie Jackson Appointed AFC Wimbledon Manager

What Was Said

Speaking to the club’s official website, Johnnie Jackson said: “I cannot wait to get started. I am extremely familiar with the AFC Wimbledon story and have total respect for what the fans have achieved – especially the marvellous new ground.

“AFC Wimbledon and The Cherry Red Records Stadium don’t belong in League Two and I’ll be doing everything possible to get us back up again.”

Football League Experience

Jackson made his first steps into football management following the sacking of Nigel Adkins at Charlton last October.

The former defender, who made just shy of 300 appearances for the Addicks as a player in an eight-year spell, guided the club to mid-table despite being in the bottom three when he took the role.

He guided the South London club to four wins from his opening five games but form began to dip when his squad suffered several key injuries, particularly to attacking players.

However, after failing to secure a top-eight finish, the 39-year-old was dismissed from the role.

Johnnie Jackson Hoping to Guide AFC Wimbledon Back to League One

The Dons also parted company with their manager last season following a dreadful run, which ultimately cost them their League One status.

Mark Robinson was relieved of his duties following a 21-game winless run. His successor, Mark Bowen, was unable to turn the tide as Wimbledon suffered relegation to League Two on the final day of the season.

It will be a difficult campaign for the Dons with several clubs boasting luxurious budgets for the division, notably Salford City and newly promoted Stockport County.

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