Author: Glynne | Date: March 22, 2014 | No Comments »

So here we go again. After a successful week with 4 points gained lifting the Addicks out of the bottom three we face in form Burnley, unbeaten in the league this year having won 6 of their last 10. Our recent record against the Clarets at this level isn’t great and the visitors are obvious favourites, but we do tend to play well against the better footballing teams.

The key issue today will be who played in the wide positions and upfront. Harriott looked injured when he went off before the break midweek, and Green faded out of the game. Their replacements in Obika and Sordell performed well enough to be considered to start in the wide positions, leaving Simon Church to run and run up front. I have no issue with this as long as the wide men get forward to support, with the full backs overlapping to provide crosses.

Alternatively, we could see the return of Pritchard to the wide right role where he performed well enough last weekend at Millwall. Jordan Cousins could also cover there, however I think that Jose Riga will continue with a central three of Jackson, Cousins and Poyet.

No real need to discuss the defence, as they currently pick themselves. Dervite’s performance against Bournemouth leaves him in from of Wood.

If the team can keep their work rate up and perform as we have seen they can over the course of the season, we can continue to pick up points. With Barnsley and Yeovil both with winnable home games, and Millwall away to Leeds, getting something is imperative.

 

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The supporters group that met prior to the home match against Huddersfield Town last week has received a response to its initial contact with Charlton director Katrien Meire.

In her reply, Ms Meire acknowledged the current situation and said that the club was aware that there were concerns among fans and referred to the video released earlier this week.

She indicated a willingness to meet representatives of the group, as well as the supporters’ trust, but said that this would not be possible at present because the club’s focus is on avoiding relegation.

We welcome Ms Meire’s response and acknowledge that this is a very busy period, with so many games in such a short time. We were also pleased to see M. Duchatelet addressing supporters in his latest video and, although a number of the most relevant topics were not covered in great detail, we believe this kind of communication is extremely important and we hope it will prove to be a regular event.

We agree that the overwhelming priority this season is for Charlton to remain in the Championship and that this will not be affected by the timing of any meeting. However, we hope to open up a positive and constructive dialogue with the new administration at the club in due course and will seek to do so in partnership with all interested parties.

In the meantime, it should go without saying that we will all be supporting the team in their efforts to stay up and we encourage others to do the same.

 



Author: Glynne | Date: March 21, 2014 | No Comments »

What is it about injury time winners from corners? We should be feeling relief, but Dorian Dervite’s header engendered the same feelings of elation as did Jackson’s goal against QPR. It’s not true that we never score from corners – we just need to get one in the 92nd minute!

So what about the rest of the game? Well, let’s be honest, the first half wasn’t great. The visitors made a bright start and we had a few efforts, but both Green and Harriott faded before the latter was substituted with what looked like and injury just before the break. His replacement was the returning Jon Obika and he looked bright, playing mostly on the left of a 5 man midfield.

We started the second period with more purpose and managed to limit the Bournemouth opportunities – we’ve been good at the back most of the season. Another change saw Sordell replace Green, but instead of going two up front, Marvin stayed wide right. It was an interesting decision and one that appears to work, with the Bolton loanee playing his part in some good attacking moves through the rest of the game.

So we’re unbeaten under Jose Riga, and out of the bottom three with our first game in hand. I still believe that we’d have done the same under Chris Powell, and all the same issues he faced are still there under Riga. However, now is the time to “concentrate on the league” as the saying goes.

It’ll be interesting to see the team selection for Burnley on Saturday.

Never a dull moment following the Addicks!




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Author: Glynne | Date: March 18, 2014 | No Comments »

So it appears the club are aware of concerns from various groups of fans on the direction and future of Charlton Athletic. In an attempt to respond to this they’ve posted a video interview with the owner on YouTube, available here.

I’ve watched that twice and, whilst welcome, for me this does nothing to allay my fears for our future. An urgent face to face meeting with the owner, the board and fans is still required in my view.

Having said that, I should say that at least M. Duchatelet is attempting to communicate with the fans, which is more than the previous regime did.



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Well I didn’t do a post match review of the Millwall game as I didn’t have anything original to say. We’ve been playing like that most of the season. We can create chances but have no one capable of consistently putting them away….

So on to Bournemouth, with three ex-Addicks in their ranks, albeit that I seems Yann Kermorgant is injured.

Expectations? Another tight game which will be won by whichever team can score. Sounds obvious when said like that.

Even without Yann, this Bournemouth side know where the back of the net is. Will the returning Jonathan Obika remember what that looks like after his short spell last term? It seems inevitable that he starts tonight given the paucity of goals recently. The question is will he be on his own or have a partner up front?

I’d guess that we’ll retain the 4-5-1 shape deployed thus far by Jose Riga, which is fine if support is provided by the wide men and through the middle.

In my view, we’ve been at our best this season when running at opposition defences from wide so it is imperative that both Wiggins and Wilson do so tonight.



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Author: Glynne | Date: March 15, 2014 | No Comments »

So here we go again. Another Saturday, another game, and this time it’s the short trip to the rowdy neighbour.

I don’t know why I bother with this match – we always seem to roll over and hand over the points. Last season was and exception with a hard fought, backs to the wall scoreless draw, so I suppose anything is possible.

The situation at the club still makes the matchday feel weird to me. We still need that clear statement of intent from the owner. I know some fans think the “new look” Charlton we saw on Wednesday was an improvement, but for me it was more of the same. We’ll see if M. Riga makes any more changes today.

Millwall have injury problems if their own so if we can pull off an improbable win we can go above them in the table. With Barnsley and Yeovil both away, to Watford and QPR respectively, a win could also take us out of the bottom three…

Of course, no mention of Millwall away can be made without reflecting on that Mortimer game in the snow. A top player at his best. Oh for a Paul Mortimer now!




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Author: Glynne | Date: March 14, 2014 | 1 Comment »

A meeting took place on Wednesday evening prior to the match against Huddersfield Town at The Valley bringing together campaigning Charlton supporters from across the generations.

It was called by supporters who formed the Valley Party in 1990 to contest the local Greenwich elections in the light of recent events, including the dismissal of Chris Powell, and in response to widespread concern about the identity and future of the club following the latest takeover.

The meeting included people who have previously been directors or senior and long-serving staff of the club, ex-Valley Party candidates and officers of the former Charlton Athletic Supporters’ Club and well-known local journalists who write about the club, as well as current representatives of Charlton Athletic Supporters’ Trust and fanzine Voice of The Valley.

This group is not intended to be exclusive. An invitation has been extended to  Charlton Life, members of the Fans’ Forum and others with an Addicks internet presence and all concerned want to proceed without factionalism or internal politics. Any other supporters’ groups are welcome to participate too.

The purpose of the meeting was to try to establish a temporary umbrella group from which to seek a constructive and positive dialogue with the new owner of the club, and if that does not prove possible then to create a basis to recommend and to co-ordinate any appropriate action to respond to events.

In the first instance, the group is seeking an urgent face-to-face meeting with Roland Duchatelet or Katrien Miere in order try to get a better understanding of the owner’s intentions and report back to the wider support.

If we are unable to enter into a useful dialogue with the owner or his representative then it is our intention to call a public meeting in early April to take matters forward.

The group recognises that it cannot direct the owner, but we hope to persuade him of the merits of constructive dialogue with Charlton supporters, with particular reference to the achievements that we have all had working together with the club over the last 25 years.

In the meantime, we want to let fans know that we are all coming together for the good of the club and that however they are feeling about the current situation there are experienced and committed people working behind the scenes to improve it.

Issued on behalf of the following:

Jonathan Bangs
Steve Clarke
Peter Cordwell
Steve Dixon
Rick Everitt
Mick Gebbett
Richard Hunt
Corinna Huxley
Glynne Jones
Dominic Matthews
Kevin Nolan
Hazel Nolan
Craig Norris
David Norris
Nigel Pamment
Steve Perfect
Ken Sinyard
Sue Townsend
Ben Tegg
Jeremy Watkins
Matt Wright

 

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This has just been published on the League Managers Association website:

“Following my sacking, the first thing I want to do is give my most sincere thanks to the superb Charlton Athletic fans for their continued and unconditional support. I have always maintained a wonderful relationship with them both as manager of the Club and during my three different spells as a player.

“I always said I would never walk away from this great Club and ultimately it’s not about individuals, it’s about the Club and our fantastic supporters.

“I have over 15 years association with Charlton dating back to 1998, and over the years I have enjoyed many truly wonderful times. So, it is with deepest regret that my time as manager has now come to an end. It was an honour to have been given the opportunity to manage the Club and without doubt the proudest moment of my career in football was leading Charlton to the League One title, amassing 101 points in the process – a club record points tally. On a personal note I was extremely privileged to have been voted by my peers as the League One Manager of the Year following the success we all enjoyed.

“We experienced a fantastic first season back in the Championship by finishing 9th last term and I was confident that we would have secured our Championship status once again this campaign.

“In closing I simply want to wish everyone connected with Charlton Athletic the very best for the future.”

There’s nothing to add from me. Chris Powell, Charlton Legend, class, style and decent human being.

Once again, thanks Chris and good luck for the future.



Author: Glynne | Date: March 13, 2014 | No Comments »

There was a strange atmosphere at The Valley last night for the visit of Huddersfield Town. A lot of empty seats, a section booing the new manager as he emerged from the tunnel, but importantly for me a minute’s applause for Chris Powell when the clock hit 3 minutes – thanks again Chris!

So what to say about the game? Well, whilst it was an improvement on the Sheffield United match, it looked and felt the same as if Chris was still there. The same frailties throughout the team, from long hoofs from the back, to mis-control in midfield and strikers that can’t score. We did see a slight change in personnel, with Reza playing wide right and Ajdarević playing off Marvin Sordell up front, changes I think might have happened anyway given the number of games coming up. Maybe not those players, but changes would have been made for fitness reasons if nothing else.

There was a feel of urgency in the first half, but it couldn’t be sustained and the Addicks huffed and puffed, created a handful of changes but couldn’t take them, Sordell the main culprit. Huddersfield, on the other hand, rarely threatened and looked like a team playing the season out in mid-table obscurity.

So, whilst the manager has changed, the players haven’t and the over-riding fact we’ve know for the last 18 months is the squad desperately needs strengthening. I have thought all season the team will stay up, and I see no reason to change that view. What kind of Charlton will emerge remains to be seen.

 



Author: Glynne | Date: March 12, 2014 | No Comments »

I’m an IT contractor and one of the downsides is, as every self employed person knows, you have periods of time when you’re “resting”. Well, I’m doing exactly that at the moment and it’s given me plenty of time to reflect on what’s happening at CAFC since the Belgian revolution.

The key questions to ask here are why has Duchâtelet bought us and what does he intend to do with us.

Up until now it’s been easy to assume he’s seen our potential and feels with a little investment we can reach the Premiership and he can get a substantial pay back. He can supply players cheaply from his network to keep costs down so everyone’s a winner.

But is that really the case?

What counts as success in football these days?

Obviously football is a competitive sport with the object of winning things, leagues, cups etc, however there is also a lot of money sloshing around, especially in the English game, and it’s clear some owners see maintaining their share of the cash as success for them. Does Duchâtelet?

If he sees his objectives as on field success he’s extremely unlikely to see that at Charlton given the huge imbalance in the structure of club football in this country. Standard Liege on the other hand sit clear at the top of Belgian football and, play-offs permitting, qualify for next season’s Champions League. So if he wants to win things he can only succeed with Liege.

Where does that leave Charlton? If this is the case then the future looks bleak. We’ll be used as a proving and nurturing ground for players not deemed good enough or ready enough for the mother club. I cannot see how that can leave the Addicks in a position to compete in the Championship, let alone the Premiership.

Do I want to watch the Standard Liege B team? Does anyone?