Roland must be lucky

Because he’s certainly not very intelligent is he ? I’m not going to rehash all the history, but this ‘successful’ businessman overpaid for a business he didn’t understand, without conducting proper due diligence, got rid of its best workers, installed a leader with no appropriate experience or ability and subsequently lost or alienated most of its customer base whilst simultaneously showing little or no interest in the business he bought.

The latest shenanigans see him plainly massively overvaluing the business to make a disposal sale unlikely or probably impossible, selling off most of the remaining assets at below market price ( The Bolton Chairman even tried the buy one get one free idea on him which nearly worked )

The business is now balanced on a precipice facing a new season with not enough workers to sustain the company both on and off the pitch whilst Roland continues to lose money hand over fist and employs a part time accountant to run the business whose best ideas are to stop the junior staff having a free breakfast and to have meetings in the dark to save electricity.

Our owner is evidently completely and relentlessly stupid.

It would be lovely to think that salvation is close but it doesn’t feel like it.

Aussies need to pull collective finger out

If we are not to suffer another dreadful season in the hell hole which is the English Third Division, the most likely prospective new owners and I’m assuming it’s the Aussies need to pull their finger out and get on with it.

It’s all very well having a 5 year plan, but assuming that this will be year one unless it drags on for another 12 months, then they are currently in the process of writing off the first year as another year of decline, loss of better players, poor performances ,declining attendances and disintegrating revenues.

The current squad, although it contains some talented players is miles away from being strong or deep enough to make a sustained challenge despite Lee Bowyer’s admirable positivity.

as my Aussie friends often say they need to go hard or go home.

By the way , have you ever heard anything so ridiculous as having a victory parade for England for reaching the Semi Final of the World Cup – what is the matter with our politicians ? – We lost for crying out loud , we didn’t win anything. To his credit, Southgate has rejected the idea , perhaps we should make him Prime Minister , at least his judgement appears to be sound. There are no prizes for losing and nor should there be.


Charlton Squad far too small for success

Unless Lee Bowyer knows something we don’t – like the EFL are changing the League to 6 ‘a’ side next year, the current squad is far too small to be successful next year.

In fact, if Magennis, Bauer and Vetokele are added to the outgoings with only a further 2 or 3 coming in which is basically what Lee has said, I would suggest that they make it mandatory for spectators to bring your boots.

You can look all around the team for huge gaps , but centre half is just one example – Konsa and Lennon have already gone, it seems Bauer is likely to follow. That leaves us with just Pearce, who by the nature of  the aggressive way he plays ( which we love) will miss half the season through injury and Sarr, who to put it mildly, wouldn’t be everyone’s favourite. Bearing in mind the aerial assaults encountered in Division 3, we are woefully under resourced now.

Lee has said that he’s happier with a smaller squad where everyone plays – well with the current planning, it looks like they will be playing in two positions at once.

There is still enough time to get reinforcements in, but we need 6 or 7 quality players otherwise it will be a Roland groundhog day season again with the team unable to provide consistent performances because of the lack of players. Every season under Duchatelet has been exactly the same in that respect. We never have enough players to be competitive. Last year, all we needed was one decent striker and this year is set to be even more challenging

Meanwhile, back in Dr Evil’s St Trudien hideaway the takeover saga drags on and on and on and on …………………