This article is part of Football League World’s “The Verdict” series, which features FLW writers’ personal opinions on the latest news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more …
Charlton Athletic have dropped to 23rd place after losing 2-1 to Wycombe on Saturday in the Premier League.
Pressure is mounting on Nigel Adkins as Valley believers expected their side to play at the other end of the division this season.
The Addicks will play Gillingham, Portsmouth and Bolton Wanderers three times before the end of September, but could Adkins lose his job if he can’t change things during that time?
We asked our FLW authors for their thoughts …
Nigel Adkins could have been sacked after Saturday’s defeat and his position feels untenable if the Addicks lose at Gillingham on Tuesday night.
The former Southampton boss is clearly struggling to motivate himself and get the most out of a group of players who are more than capable of battling for a top 6 result in League One.
Charlton Athletic are two points away from safety and are hosting Portsmouth and Bolton Wanderers after their midweek efforts which look like two games that will be tough given their recent performances.
In my opinion, following the defeat of the Wycombe Wanderers and Johnnie Jackson, the reins should have been temporarily taken over for the trip to Priestfield Stadium.
A Tuesday night win may cover up the rifts and postpone the inevitable, the fan base has turned and there is no evidence on the pitch that Adkins can get a boost with this group of players. Win at Gillingham or not.
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You have to imagine that. The fans are spinning and the owner can feel the pressure himself. Usually in such situations the manager falls on his sword.
The pre-season expectations have been huge at Charlton and Adkins’ promise of a title challenge towards the end of last season is something that will be remembered.
If you make such statements and then fail to deliver, it is very difficult to recover from them.
Charlton face Gillingham this week before clashes with Portsmouth and Bolton Wanderers erupt.
In my eyes, Adkins might need six or seven points from those games to stay in the job. However, that’s easier said than done, especially considering how poor Charlton’s results have been.
The writing may not be on the wall yet, but it looks a long way back.
Nigel Adkins is in a very difficult position where tomorrow night’s clash against Gillingham could be the decisive factor.
With four points out of the top seven are numbers that are nowhere near good enough for a club like Charlton Athletic in some of these games.
Adkins has proven to be an excellent manager in the English game and he has the experience and character to change things but if they can’t get a positive result against The Gills his time at The Valley could come to an abrupt end.
Charlton is a team eager to get back to the championship, and at this rate, the chances of that getting worse the faster you get.
I support Adkins to be successful but he may not have the time if something goes wrong against Gillingham.