Thomas bowed to the inevitable this morning and delivered the Spanish Archer to Nigel. Its a shame for a whole load of reasons but most of all because Nigel seems to be a really nice, positive and kind human being and frankly that’s what we should all aspire to. Nevertheless, the results have been terrible and whilst I don’t subscribe to the ’we’ve got one of the best squads in the division’ mantra, we certainly should not be in the relegation zone with this lot.
It’s time for experienced heads and if team selection were down to me, Firstly, I would revert to 442 – Pearcy would be straight back in the team at least until the January window when we need to acquire another solid centre half. Sure he will make mistakes, give away fouls and the odd goal, but Akin is currently doing that too and the team needs leadership blood and guts and our Jason is just the man for that job. Purrington would replace the Palace secret agent who just looks useless to me. Lavelle picks himself and someone tell Gunter that he’s playing for Wales and not Charlton and maybe he will defend properly.
I would also play Dobson at Sunderland, we lack aggression and energy in the middle and I don’t think we have anyone else who can do that job bearing in mind that Watson doesn’t have the mobility any more. I’d probably play Lee, Morgan and Leko as the other 3.
Up front, I would play Stockley and Washington and tell Connor that Saturday is a Northern Ireland game
Anyway, its definitely going to be very tough but JJ and Jason are both vastly experienced and history suggests that ex players have an excellent record for management at Charlton- Eddie Firmani, Mike Bailey, Curbs and Gritt, SCP to name a few.
Good Luck JJ & Jason