Saturday, 20 January 2018

February most likely date for sale

With two consortia actively involved in negotiations, February is the most likely month for the sale of the club, Charlton director Richard Murray told CAS Trust representatives in yesterday's meeting: Murray speaks

In any event Roland would want to sell by the summer as he did not want to incur another season of losses.

Murray denied that there was any fire sale of players. It was evident that there might be circumstances in which funds would be available for new signings.

Convincing win for Charlton

Charlton secured a convincing 3-1 victory over Walsall at The Valley this afternoon, enabling them to hold on to their play off place. They are now just two points behind Bradford who lost at Bristol Rovers. It wasn't entirely straightforward and bringing on Fosu in the second half was a great substitution. The combination of his pace with that of Mavididi allowed the Addicks to dominate play more.

Charlton started brightly, although the returning Chris Solly picked up a yellow card for a foul on 10 minutes. There were chants of 'We Want Roland Out'. It appears that there is now a preferred bidder and a new process of due diligence has started.

Walsall were sitting deep when out of possession and it was difficult to open them up. Magennis broke away and put in a low effort but it was a very tight angle and the keeper was able to tip the ball round the post.

Then on 31 minutes Joe Aribo took advantage of a Mark Marshall cross from the left to put the ball in the bottom corner of the net with a controlled volley. It was his third goal in four home games at The Valley. On 35 minutes Mavididi rattled the bar.

Then on 41 minutes Otzumer took advantage of a cross from Leahy to head the ball into the net to make it 1-1. The former Charlton youngster was released because of his height.

HT: Addicks 1, Saddlers 1

On 48 minutes Lennon was caught in possession and Walsall were able to rattle the bar. Magennis burst through on 50 minutes, but shot straight at the keeper. On 52 minutes Fosu replaced Reeves.

On 61 minutes Mavididi went for goal from a very tight angle when Arbo was screaming for the ball in the middle.

Charlton's crosses were often poor and once again their corners were below the required quality. On 64 minutes Amos reacted well to keep a Walsall corner out. As the Saddlers stepped up the pressure, Bakayoho threatened but his shot fortunately ended up in the side netting.

Charlton hit the woodwork for the second time in the match on 69 minutes when Magennis hit the post with a header. On 71 minutes Roberts made a great save from Konsa. It was difficult to see why Charlton were unable to score in the ensuing scramble.

As Mavividi burst through with great pace, Roberts managed to put the ball in his own net to make it 2-1. On 86 minutes Walsall had an unmarked man on the far post, but were unable to take advantage.

Marshall had been working hard and went down with cramp. The referee gave him some treatment and then he was replaced by Ahearne-Grant.

Mavididi made it 3-1 on 89 minutes. He burst into the box, cut inside a defender and fired past Roberts. Five minutes were added on and once again Charlton's game was virtually the last to finish.

Apparently one signing is almost over the line and negotiations are continuing with Palace about a loan.

Johnnie Jackson interview

Johnnie Jackson will hang up his boots in the summer, the leading Charlton legend of the post Premier League interview. In this in depth interview he covers a range of topics from fan protests to prospects for this season. He also reveals that he relaxes by playing the guitar: Charlton icon

Kinsella hopes to start for Walsall

Mark Kinsella's son, right back Liam Kinsella, hopes to start for Walsall at The Valley this afternoon: Relishing Charlton trip

Walsall are currently 15th in League One. They have won three, drawn three and lost six away from home.

The CAS Trust preview is here: Morale boosting win needed

It appears that transfers during the window are being handled by one of Roland's Belgian envoys. What that implies is unclear, but it is unlikely to be good news.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Karl's waking nightmare

Karl Robinson wakes up every day hoping to hear that the takeover of Charlton has gone through: I wake up hoping for news

Robinson says that people say he should bring in loan players, but there is a limit to the number he is allowed to use.

Robinson defends Holmes over Sheffield move

Karl Robinson has defended Ricky Holmes over his decision to move to Sheffield United: Fan backlash

The so-called 'fan backlash' seems to have been talked up a bit and didn't seem that intense to me. Holmes also seems to have overreacted a bit.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Brighton now interested in Konsa

Brighton and Hove Albion have now joined Everton in expressing an interest in Ezri Konsa. However, no bidding war is anticipated and the price tag is expected to remain around £4m: Seagulls in the frame