Made in Charlton
Some good news earlier today as the Charlton’s U18’s won their Development League after beating QPR 4-3 away from home. Rangers were two points clear going into the final game of the season but in an exciting game the Addicks’ Brandon Hanlan grabbed the winner in the 88th minute.
The U18 Development League works the Play-Off system and as South Division winners we play the runners-up in the North, who were Crewe Alexander and QPR will play Huddersfield Town, the North winners.
The Academy has been a source of pride for many years, established by Murray and Simons, ehanced in fairness by Jimenez and Slater and extolled by Roland Duchâtelet.
Funded by Kevin Cash, it was Jimenez and Slater that appointed Paul Hart as Academy Director almost 3 years ago. I was under the impression that Hart’s contract had another year too run, but word on the street is that tempted by bigger job offers, he will leave after this season, which would be a desperate shame.
José Riga is one man rumoured to be in the running to replace Hart. This summer, after this hellish season finally ends, will be very engrossing for sure.
Talking of which, Millwall showed us today how to put a nothing-to-play-for side to the sword. 10 points in 4 games for the Lions, who have taken this relegation battle by the scruff of the neck, whilst Riga’s Charlton simply prod their finger at it.