All I can say about yesterday was that it was a bloody long way to go , especially on the drive home, to watch a performance like that !
Shorn of our best player through a forced sale and saddled with a number of Roland’s , not ready , not good enough , not fit enough, not old enough , not strong enough, reserves , it will take a minor miracle to escape relegation.
I just wanted to say that Roland’s European swopsie idea sounds great in theory , but in practise , its a complete load of cobblers . I like Astrid , he seems committed and certainly has some talent , but he also has the turning circle of the QE2 and he looks like the only who might add anything to the team .
In reality , Roland’s idea of loaning players around Europe just won’t work to anyone’s advantage other than ( maybe) the top club which is Standard Liege , who can move out a few underperformers down the structure . Occasionally , one of the lower teams might get a gem , but as you can see in our case , it will be very rare and no more common than getting a useful loan player in from any other higher level club. The thought that Standard Liege will get our better younger players is nonsense because Charlton will just sell them to English Premier League clubs instead for more money and by the way if you were Poyet or Cousins and the choice is EPL or Standard Liege where would you want to go – English players generally don’t travel well either.
The somewhat inevitable result of Roland’s Folly will be a continuing decline in performance , a blaming of the football manager and a foreign coach taking over in Division 3.
Chris Powell, of whom I remain a big fan, won’t sign a new contract until football issues are resolved with Roland – i.e Roly, baby , your model might work for a chain of travel agents , but we are supposed to be running a football club.
Someone needs to tell Roland , Hans Christian Anderson wrote about it – its called the emperors new clothes.