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Thank Vale

“Yesterday I felt the first pangs of a new season. Pearce’s signing bringing me out of a sweaty summer stupor, helped or hindered, I can’t work out which, by the fact that I finally added the fixtures to my calendar.”me the day before the season started in August.

Fast forward 7 months and on a cold chilly night in Bermuda there I am searching for the Port Vale score and punching the air to celebrate a Vale defeat. Mark Robins’ Coventry, who are all but relegated, were 2-0 up at half-time. Kyel Reid scored a stunning opener and won their first game in seven. Relegation would mean Coventry playing in the 4th tier for the first time in 58 years.
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Sheffield United 2 Charlton Athletic 1

A not unexpected defeat but we put in a good shift and Karlo told us that we saw for the first 25 minutes how he foresees a Charlton team playing in the future. Promising, and I am glad he has a vision and I hope he gets to carry it out.

On the flip slide it is one win in twelve and we remain 6 points off the relegation zone and Port Vale have two games in hand and the table might look a lot worrisome by the time we get to Peterborough in a fortnight. Two home games in a week follow so we have more than enough points to play for to avoid a relegation end of season dog fight.

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Better times around the corner?

As a mysterious for sale sign in Dutch appeared on a wall outside The Valley, the VOTV has disclosed that a secure data room was created within The Valley 2 weeks ago and has since been in use by an unknown female lawyer. Not Pinocchio.

Of course this is what one would expect at the outset of a due-diligence process or an external audit. Any potential and qualified buyer who has agreed to sign an NDA would need to have ready access to a whole range of financial data, and that is what I assume this lawyer is putting together. Word is also that a price has been agreed in principle.

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Mike Norris RIP

Mike Norris’ name will always be synonymous with getting Charlton Athletic back to The Valley. Sadly the former director and vice chairman passed away yesterday.

Mike, a chartered surveyor by trade, was a lifelong Charlton fan, and was hugely important in the Sunley days of keeping the club alive in 1984. That of course meant that we had to go to Selhurst Park, but although there were then divergent opinions on the future of the football club among individuals at the time, Norris was always in the camp of returning the club back to borough of Greenwich.

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Charlton Athletic 1 Bradford City 1

Another draw but a decent one for a supportive Valley crowd.

We didn’t appear to get to grips with whatever system Robinson employed in the 1st half and the Yorkshiremen impressed even though for once we took the lead through another goal from Jorge Teixeira, who is rapidly becoming our most lethal weapon in front of goal. Bradford deservedly equalized just before half time when Declan Rudd spilled a shot into the path of Dieng.

Rudd has been a fault a couple of times recently and I hear calls for our own Dillon Phillips to be brought back into the side for the remaining games in readiness for next season. From what I have seen of Phillips, he looks good enough but will the club be prepared to ditch the on-loan Norwich ‘keeper?

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Duchatelet close to selling?

The Duchatelet to sell rumour mill has been amped up around SE7 the last few days and at yesterday’s game it was a topic that appeared to carry a lot more water than just plain wishful thinking amongst Addicks. Katrien Meire was also absent yesterday but that is thought to be a coincidence.

Post match both Rick Everitt and Rich Cawley tweeted that there is strong takeover talk, wth Chinese money thought to be in the mix and on that note I want to direct you to Wyn’s Blog for some really good insight into Chinese football ownership.

First things first before we get over excited. The game is littered with bad owners it should be a football league condition that any sale passes a detailed due diligence test and any prospective owner is thoroughly scrutinized.

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Charlton Athletic 1 Walsall 1

Another draw, our 16th, and unfortunately we were unable to build on Tuesday’s last minute winner although Tony Watt himself had a better game, more involved it seemed and got a good goal.

The first half sounded pretty rough, which was disappointing and I question why Robinson changed formation, but he does like to tinker. We went in at the break a goal down, although possibly could have been worse but the effort wasn’t questioned in the 2nd half as we probed and pushed and ended with the spoils shared.

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