Villa man in line to join London club as manager

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The South London Press claim Aston Villa assistant Michael Beale has emerged as a front runner to take over at Charlton Athletic. The Addicks are looking for a new manager, after Johnnie Jackson left as caretaker boss.

Indeed, Jackson is set to be appointed as Wimbledon gaffer after a second caretaker spell in charge – in which he guided Charlton to safety. But Danish owner Thomas Sandgaard wants to go in a different direction.

Beale, 41, spent eight years in Charlton’s academy before spells at Chelsea and Liverpool. After a stint in Brazil with Sao Paulo, Beale has since worked under Steven Gerrard at Rangers, and then Aston Villa this season.

The Villa assistant has only ever managed Liverpool’s Under-21 side, instead being assistant or in academies. Sandgaard is an admirer, saying last November that the club had held talks over the vacancy then.

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Charlton eye Villa assistant Beale: A brilliant appointment

Beale is regarded as the brains behind Gerrard’s coaching, the man who holds training. His background in youth coaching means he will have a faith in youth – whether he is a good man manager remains to be seen.

Villa and Gerrard will not want to lose Beale but the chance to return to Charlton, who will be looking to build for a promotion push from League One next season, will be tempting. Compensation will not be an issue.

However, Charlton may find that they are not the only club pursuing Beale. Championship clubs said to be showing interest.

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