Johnnie Jackson admits his Charlton future is “up in the air” ahead of the club’s proposed takeover.

The Valley legend assisted caretaker manager Lee Bowyer as the Addicks fell short to Shrewsbury in the League One play-off semi-finals last season.

Australian businessman Andrew Muir is set to end Roland Duchatelet’s disastrous four-and-a-half-year reign in SE7.

And with the takeover nearing completion, Jackson and Bowyer are still preparing for pre-season. Charlton’s first game back takes place against Welling United on July 7.

Jackson, who jets off on holiday today, said: “This will sound like I'm ducking the question but there’s absolutely nothing I can tell you [on the takeover].

“At the moment, we [myself and Bowyer] are working as we were when we took over in March. We’re doing it until we’re told not to basically.

“It’s a difficult spot because obviously it’s a crucial time. We want to recruit, we want to plan pre-season and we’re working towards that eventuality because you have to be prepared.

“But that’s not to say that the phone might go tomorrow saying ‘the takeover is done, a new guy is coming in with a new team’ and it’s then thank you and goodbye.

“I’d like to think that wouldn't happen. I haven't been given any promises or assurances but I know I’m well thought of around the place. I think I’m valued in what I do and I would hope that’s certainly enough [to stay on].

“Obviously if Lee is given the job, I imagine it’ll carry on as we were. If Lee isn't given the job, he’s already made it clear he wants to be the manager, so I still don't know what job I’m going to be doing now.

“Am I going to be the assistant manager? Are they [the new owners] going to bring in a manager and an assistant and I’m helping? Am I going to be sacked? It’s up in the air, it really is.

“I can’t do anything about it. All I can do up to now is do my job, work hard, be the best I can be and hope that’s appreciated.”

Charlton were five points off the top six when Bowyer replaced Karl Robinson with ten games to go.

Now, Bowyer is one of the frontrunners for the vacant managerial role under Muir’s ownership.

If he is given the job on a full-time basis, Jackson, 35, is expected to carry on as his assistant.

And the recently retired midfielder, who made 279 appearances for Charlton, has aspirations to boss the Addicks one day.

He added: “My dream was to bow out at Wembley, hopefully getting a little run out in the play-off final with Charlton getting promoted to the Championship.

“That was my dream and I convinced myself that was going to happen, but it didn’t. It will take quite a while to get over.

“My dream is to manage Charlton and then if you're going to become a manager, your dream is to become the best manager you can be.

“My short-term goal is to become the best coach I can be, I’d love to be given the opportunity to manage Charlton one day. That would be a dream fulfilled.”

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