41-yo ‘in the running’ for Charlton Athletic managerial role

League One side Charlton Athletic are still speaking to several candidates as they look to appoint a new manager after the departure of Johnnie Jackson.

One candidate that is said to be in the running for the job is Aston Villa assistant head coach Michael Beale, this is according to South London Press.

The Addicks parted ways with club legend Jackson at the beginning of this month after just six months in charge of the club. Therefore, the London side are looking to make a swift appointment in as they head into the summer transfer window.

Now, Villa assistant Michael Beale is the latest name to be linked with the vacant role. Alongside Gary McAllister, Beale has been a key man in Steven Gerrard’s short managerial career, following him from Liverpool to Rangers and now Villa.

Beale used to be in Charlton’s academy as a player, and he has also coached at Chelsea, Liverpool, and Sao Paulo.

While Charlton’s owner Thomas Sandgaard is reportedly a big admirer of the 41-year-old, and Beale was also in contention for the vacant manager’s role at the South London club when Nigel Adkins was dismissed in 2021.

The report states that the compensation fee is not likely to be an issue, but one sticking point is the Villa coach is also said to be in the running for Sky Bet Championship vacancies and may want to keep his options open at this moment in time.

Beale is believed to have a ‘strong’ loyalty towards Gerrard and only an offer that the 41-year-old would find hard to turn down would see him leave Gerrard’s coaching team.

This seems to be the latest name thrown into the mix as Charlton look at all available options before moving for their ideal target.

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