Saturday, 25 March 2017

'A waste of a season'

That is Jason Pearce's frank verdict on his own season and that of Charlton. The Addicks have under achieved and could easily go down: Brutal assessment

Pearce hopes to be fit for next Saturday's trip to Peterborough. He has been missed.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Chief scout leaves

Chief scout Steve Head has left the club after less than a year in the role: Headless

Apparently it's all part of a restructuring plan devised by Karl Robinson, but short stays at various roles in the club are a familiar phenomenon.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The end of days for the regime

Despite denials by the club, VOTV editor Rick Everitt is convinced that Charlton Athletic is being sold. It is a complicated process which will take some time, for example because of outstanding loans to six former directors. But it is now the end of days for the Duchatelet regime: Exit Duchatelet

The question now is, to whom is the club being sold? If the Rickster has any idea, he isn't letting on. I certainly don't know. Whilst we all be glad to see the back of Roland, a note of caution is necessary about any new owners, even though they can hardly be any worse.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Ricky Holmes expresses his frustrations

Ricky Holmes expresses his frustrations about the season at Charlton. The work ethic has been there, but decision-making has sometimes been poor: Work ethic

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Defeated by top team

Charlton lost 2-1 to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane today. Ricky Holmes put the Addicks ahead on three minutes, but O'Connell equalised for the Blades on 14 minutes. It was 1-1 at half time, but the home side took the lead on 48 minutes. At least it's a better scoreline than the 6-0 or 7-0 the pessimists in the row behind me were predicting.

Holmes’ perfectly executed set-piece from just on the edge of the 18-yard box, after Paul Coutts had brought down Forster-Caskey, put Charlton ahead. He lifted his free kick up and over the wall and beyond the reach of the keeper. Watt then hit the woodwork before the home side equalised. On the half hour mark he drew a good save from the keeper.

Forster-Caskey was the catalyst behind Charlton’s best moments. Pressing, probing and perfectly willing to take on his marker himself, the 22-year-old caused United all sorts of problems throughout a difficult first-half for the home side. As the interval approached, United finally began to establish a foothold in the game.

After the break Rudd pulled off a superb save to keep out a header from Lafferty but he could stop him tapping home from on the line.

Charlton are 15th, six points above the drop zone.

Football League Paper player ratings

Rudd, 6; Byrne, 5; Bauer, 6; Teixeira, 6; Chicksen, 5 (DaSilva, 84, 5); Ulvestad, 5 (Bokata, 80, 5); Konsa, 6; Forster-Caskey, 6 (Crofts, 74, 5); Holmes, 8; Watt, 8; Novak 6.

Roland causing damage elsewhere

This blog post tells how Hungarian club Upjest has suffered under network ownership, although in this case it is Roderick Duchatelet who is in day-to-day charge: Great Hungarian club suffers