Shrewsbury Town: Mike Jackson keen to stay in charge

Shrewsbury Town manager Mike Jackson

Shrewsbury Town manager Mike Jackson wants to remain in charge at the Greenhous Meadow following relegation to League Two and expects his situation to be resolved by the end of the week.

After initially succeeding Graham Turner in a caretaker role, he was then installed until the end of the season.

But Shrewsbury won just three times in 19 games following Turner's departure.

"I'd like the opportunity. I've learnt a lot in a difficult situation," Jackson, 40, told BBC Radio Shropshire.

"But I'll be better for that moving forward. It's a great big learning curve.

"Everyone know what's gone on, and there's other things that have gone on.

"It's easy to take over a team who are doing well, but you don't get taught any of this on a management or coaching course. You've got to learn and learn quickly."

Shrewsbury finished eight points from safety and Jackson is aware that their relegation was due to their lack of goals.

Although they had the tightest defence among the bottom eight clubs, Shrewsbury (44) and Carlisle United (43) were the only two teams to average less than a goal per game in League One.

"Ultimately, we haven't scored enough goals to keep us in the division," he said.

But, having begun as caretaker boss on 21 January and then handed command until the end of the season exactly a month later, Jackson now wants to take the job on a more permanent basis.

As was the case when Turner stepped down in January, a host of names have once again been linked with the Town job, although one reported contender Steve Burr has already been removed from the frame after being persuaded to stop on at Chester.

Jackson continued: "Now the season's over, things will settle down and it all needs to be discussed in terms of moving forward.

"I'd like to be able to put my own team together and be able to keep some of those players here, which might be hard with some of them, but it should all be sorted in the next week to 10 days."

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