FORMER Colchester United favourite Johnnie Jackson has been named the new manager of AFC Wimbledon.

The ex-Charlton Athletic boss, who made more than 100 league appearances for Colchester between 2006 and 2009, has signed a two-year deal with the south-west London club, who will play in Sky Bet League Two next season following relegation this year.

He told his new club's official website: "I cannot wait to get started.

"I am extremely familiar with the AFC Wimbledon story and have total respect for what the fans have achieved - especially the marvellous new ground.

"AFC Wimbledon and The Cherry Red Records Stadium don't belong in League Two and I'll be doing everything possible to get us back up again."


Jackson, who played in the Championship for Colchester and was their player of the year in the 2007-08 season, left his role as Charlton boss earlier this month.

AFC Wimbledon's interim chairman Mick Buckley said: "We are thrilled to be making these appointments.

"Johnnie had a successful first season as manager at Charlton last season following four years in assistant/caretaker manager roles.

"We wanted a young, hungry manager with a point to prove and that, coupled with his demonstrable knowledge of how to get results, gave him the edge over a strong field of candidates."

Terry Skiverton, a former coach at Charlton, will be Jackson's assistant.