Hope on the horizon

What a fantastic result yesterday – well done to all those involved in the heroic team effort. Most of the time I think Karl Robinson is talking nonsense , but I’m even starting to warm to his post match assessments.

He has been hugely assisted by the emergence of Aribo and Konsa which enables us to play a midfield full of energy which was the biggest problem earlier in the season. Providing the legs and energy around him has given Andrew Crofts the platform to show what an excellent player he is too. Quite what Slade was thinking when we lined up with Jackson, Crofts and Foley earlier in the season will always be a mystery.

Yes there is definitely some hope on the horizon, Forster Caskey gave a MoM performance yesterday , Nathan Byrne provides more pace and Ricky Holmes is due back any moment. The enigmatic Tony Watt seems wedded to the cause, at least for the moment.

Even our incompetent CEO has decided that if she doesn’t say ( or probably do) anything at all that’s what’s best for the club.

Oh and by the way , one for our idiotic owner, the one thing that apparently us stupid fans are allowed to comment on .

The beer and food in Crossbars have both gone downhill, Kronenbourg replaced by crappy Heineken, the food in The ‘ East Stand’ is terrible now – no more decent pies. At the last home game, the server told me that when I wanted a bacon roll , chef had said that she was only allowed to give out 2 ( cold ) rashers of bacon per customer ( perhaps the ovens are connected to the same boilers as the under soil heating) and on a freezing cold day in January, after the game there is no tea and coffee available. Thanks for all your great work in that area.

Despite this, on the pitch there are grounds for optimism at last. Let’s hope the mini revival becomes a full blown dash to the play offs.


Roland’s Charlton – Fur coat and no knickers

Yesterdays revelation that Charlton installed the pipework for undersoil pitch heating , but not the necessary boilers to heat the pipes seems to me to be the best analogy for the way that Roland runs the football club.

Roland entire philosophy is based on putting just enough resource into the club to keep it going in a modest way to avoid insolvency, using the CEO to shout about things that sound good , but without ever putting enough resources into the club to achieve success.

The transfer policy is a continual reminder of his strategy – every manager that we have had since they arrived has been starved of enough player resource to achieve any success. I remember the 1-0 away victory achieved at Norwich a couple of seasons ago which was the pinnacle of Bob Peeters reign . It was a fantastic gutsy performance with a deflected skimmer from the skipper, JJ , but it was obvious that our player resources were painfully thin on the ground. Gomez was already being used and we were forced to bring on Karlan Ahearn Grant against a team with innumerable ex Premiership players. Peeters didn’t need much more to be a Top 10 club that season , but the obvious gaps were never filled.

Lets face it, to those of us watching every week, relegation from the Championship was always inevitable under Roland – it was just a matter of when.

The decline is continuing in the 3rd division. Say what you will about Jiminez and Slater , but somehow they persuaded Kevin Cash to put in enough money ( with the astute help of a good manager and a clever CEO) to build a team in one season that was not only good enough to romp away with the Title , but also formed the basis of a Top 6 Championship side. We all know that Roland threw that away by immediately selling our best players , the spine of the team – Hamer , Morrison, Stephens and Kermogant.

The team we have today is not a patch on the side that got promoted last time – we have absolutely no chance of getting promoted this year and worse than that the cycle of decline and ambitionless ownership continues without end.

Robinson has just sold players releasing funds of c £8m and has been allowed to reinvest just a fraction of it in Jake Forster Caskey, a player who was 4th or 5th down the player pecking order at Brighton behind – yes you’ve guessed it- Dale Stephens. The team is woefully short of goal scoring strikers and the injury to Magennis is a huge blow. Robinson has already moved to the mantra used by Riga, Peeters, Luzon, Riga, Fraye, Slade which is we just need to get a couple more in to sort the team out. He has even talked , laughingly, about a ‘marquee signing’ – quite what that means under Roland’s ownership – who knows ?

We are talking about a Euro billionaire owner who holds his 70th birthday celebration lunch in the front window table of what looked like the Belgian equivalent of Nandos. He’s not a bloke who likes spending money , whether its on his own shoes, lunch or a pet football club.

Karl, mate, the players never come, it never happens, not this window, the next window, the last window , the window before that or any other bloody window.

There is no ambition to arrest the decline, to put enough resources into the team to make it successful

Roland’s Charlton is all fur coat and no knickers







Calling all Charlton supporters

We all know that our owner is a silly old fool and we all know that our CEO is a clueless incompetent. They have both demonstrated that on numerous occasions.

But tomorrow we are going to beat Millwall after 20 years of misery , you need to forget our idiot ownership and you need to be there to see it.

Boycotters , the disaffected, the lapsed, the disinterested, the driven away, the disappointed.

Tomorrow is the day to reaffirm who you support.

We will win

Legs in the middle

What a pleasure it was to watch the 2nd half yesterday. It felt like the first time in years that we were an irresistible force going forward, Magennis’s finish for his hatrick was reminiscent of the Shaun Bartlett strike against Leicester.

I often feel that football managers over complicate the game. Essentially they just have to pick the best players, motivate them and choose a system ( 442 etc). Although Karl needs credit for playing Aribo and Konsa in midfield yesterday, it has been absolutely obvious to the fans that the biggest problem with the team was a lack of energy and legs in the middle of the park. If Slade had addressed this issue by playing a box to box youngster – Any of Aribo, Konsa or Charles -Cook earlier we would have had more points by now.

Konza and Aribo were outstanding yesterday because they had all the energy and passion of youth.

Anyway, it felt like we might have turned a corner yesterday- it was great to see the joy and pleasure in the crowd after months of misery.

Apart from Millwall at home ( obviously) I would be cautiously optimistic for the rest of the season.

Is Duchatelet an asset stripper ?

Rod Liddle has written an interesting article in The Times today , titled ‘Why would intelligent businessman lose the plot at The Valley’

The article questions why anyone sensible would buy a football club, but also suggests that in Duchatelet’s case the startling ineptitude of his ownership and management team that has driven away more than 50% of the fanbase belies a more sinister objective which is the potential to redevelop The Valley for housing and move the club from its historic home.

To quote’ The continuing existence of Charlton is fraught and in the hands of people who have no sense of community history which attends to every side, from Chelsea down to Newport County. ‘

Sorry to start the year on a downer and let us all hope that there are no long term plans to leave The Valley, but it is certainly difficult to rationalise why an ( apparently) sane and successful businessman would buy Charlton and then appoint incompetent managers (Katrien), resulting in an inevitable erosion of value without some alternative plan on the horizon.

Let us all hope for some relief from the continuing decline of our  football club in 2017

Happy New Year to those who take time to read my rambles , thank you for that and your comments- Good Health and Happiness to you and your families .