In katrien meire’s recent interviews she made the point that charlton fans need to be realistic about their expectations because we have the 3rd lowest budget in the championship .
If this is going to be the ongoing ‘modus operandi’ it is rather depressing.
In all divisions there is plenty of evidence over the years which indicates that finishing league position is highly correlated with annual budget. There is, of course, the odd exception, like burnley where the team hugely exceeded expectations. This is however the exception not the rule. It is great that we are currently basking in the glow of a period of brilliant results and free flowing attacking play – long may it continue.
Nevertheless , if it is the Duchatelet plan to continue with the 3rd lowest budget in the championship , then the probability is high that a battle to avoid relegation becomes the norm.