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Press conference awkwardness

Anyone see the press conference this afternoon? It was an embarrassment to the club.

No Roland of course, allergic to talking to supporters, but Katrien was there complete with shovel in her hand. They rolled Richard Murray out to put our minds at rest and then there was Guy Luzon, who I had trouble understanding.

Luzon looked like a rabbit caught in the headlights. I hope he has some better motivational skills up his sleeve.

“I’m only in the job 12 hours.” To be fair it did look as if he got told he was doing the job in the early hours of the morning.

Katrien Meire’s reputation has been absolutely torn to shreds these last couple of days, and she is not helping herself.

“I would like him to be our next Sir Alex Ferguson,” she said.

It gets better.

“As soon as we went live with the sacking of Bob Peeters, within an hour I had 20 applications. So there were several candidates but by late evening it became clear that Guy was the favourite.”

So at 7pm on Sunday night 20 people had applied for the job, but by 8pm it became clear that Luzon was the club’s choice. Really?

That confidence and sheen rapidly disappearing Meire was asked if Luzon was the only manager the club interviewed? Meire said No.

“Anyone from within English football?” asked the interviewer.

“I think most managers who didn’t get the job wouldn’t like me to disclose that kind of information.” That shovel is digging a very big hole.

Interviewer: “Without naming names can you say whether you considered English based managers?”

“No.” (shakes head)

She’s not the only one shaking their head.

Then there was Richard Murray. We understand they owe you money Richard, but please grow a pair.

“We all have go-to guys. Everyone’s a risk but Guy has a relationship with the owner and that’s a good start.”

This came on a day when The Standard, admittedly not known for their interest in the Addicks, reckoned that the players are frustrated that the club have picked the wrong man, and stories started in Israel that Tal Ben Haim is on his way to Maccabi Haifa.

What an absolute mess, but then again it could be worse.

29 Comments Post a comment
  1. California Addick #

    I did not hear or see it, but as you say sounds like a complete shambles. The next game will be a real clue what the players think and even who is on the team sheet. Will be interesting to see if the ones who he fought with at SL are playing.

    January 14, 2015
  2. steve1957 #

    Didn’t see it , CA, but as you said, it could be worse: we didn’t lose 4-0 to Bradford!


    January 14, 2015
  3. California Addick #

    Bring back Parky LOL

    January 15, 2015
  4. redvalley9 #

    Time for AC as Director of Football

    Sent from my iPad


    January 15, 2015
    • Ain’t going to happen.

      January 15, 2015
      • ken from bexley #

        Hi Mike, and everyone else.
        We all recognise that RD run’s the club, and that as the owner he has the right to change things.
        But the events over the last weekend were frankly a ‘car crash’ and I could go a lot further but what is the point. I have also supported them for over 50 years, man and boy, I also lived and was brought up in the roar of the Valley, went down there with my father, who has long died , taken my kids, and grandchildren down there. I am not expecting to storm this league, have a brand new stadium, sign 15 : £50 million players. I also think that the vision of developing talent is a good concept. Trouble is a spade as of yet has not gone in the ground, and will not be till October if it get planning permission. By that time we may be playing in Division 1.
        Hopefully we may not, and the team and the manager survive. I really do. I have no desire to see us in a lower league at all. Changing managers like people change there socks is hardly the way forward to a stable and successful business is it?. Football can be a crazy illogical world, but it is the world that CAFC has to live in. Perhap’s Roland should realise that, and adapt his social/business engineering theories aside, before he destroys what is left of a community club. I have no issues with people that just want to see football 20 odd times a year, and arrive at the game at 2.55, buy a cup of tea at half time, and go home at 4.45., probably kicking the cat on the way out, muttering about the long way home, and is it worth it.!
        To me, like most other fan’s I will support the club. Our club, and frankly the custodian RD will have one hell of a fight on his hand’s if he ignores the supporters. With respect to SL……..
        He ain’t seen nothing yet!. Join the trust great, do not join it….. your choice, but long after the players, manager, and chairman depart……. the supporters will remain, the one constant factor in football, unless Roland locks us all out?.

        January 15, 2015
  5. Raith C Chattonell #

    There are few options when working for the autocrat RD. It is quite simple, you either agree with him, pretend to agree with him, leave – or be fired. Luzon knows this and has started his ‘job preservation process’ already.

    The press conference was an embarrassment. He was frightened to commit or say anything that will enrage the boss. KM is well into this process, she has learnt to obey orders and will not deviate from the party line.

    I can only hope that Luzon is more inspiring in real life, because he will struggle to rally the troops – mumbling into the middle distance – as he did on his introduction to the Charlton faithful.

    January 15, 2015
    • Summed up my thoughts exactly Raith. Car crash TV was what it was.

      Perhaps they thought it was of those Player TV interviews, not national telly and media. An embarrassment.

      January 15, 2015
  6. ken #

    As a member of theTrust board I had a hand in this……..
    Well done to this site, for keeping Addicks up to date with events, we all want to support the club hopefully we will get three points at the weekend, and all fans can come together and unite and get the team back to winning ways………..

    Statement from Charlton SUPPORTERS’ Trust – CAS Trust, 14.1.15

    by Trust News on January 14, 2015
    Charlton Athletic Supporters’ Trust is extremely disappointed in how the managerial changes at Charlton Athletic Football Club have been handled and presented to the fans. The response of our members and the wider fan base (as evidenced in social media) has been extremely negative at a time when recent team performances have already disappointed.

    The Supporters’ Trust is not in a position to demand that the owner (or any owner) invest money in the Club. It is not party to the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of Bob Peeters, nor is it qualified to assess whether Guy Luzon has the necessary skills to improve the team performance. It does however have a good understanding of the opinions of fans; not just through daily informal conversation but through professionally executed research.

    The single most upsetting, and potentially dangerous perception that the Club has created in the last 48 hours is that it has deliberately misled the fanbase over the recruitment of a new Head Coach. A club statement issued on Monday had said that the decision to replace Peeters had been taken on Saturday evening, that Messrs. Matthew and Roberts had been put in charge of the team, and that a new appointment would be made of a Head Coach “for the long term”. Just 24 hours later, Guy Luzon had been appointed as the new Head Coach of Charlton Athletic, on an 18 month contract. In today’s press conference it was even stated that Luzon had been identified as the ”favourite” on Saturday evening.

    The result is that fans overwhelmingly feel they have been misled by the Club. The Supporters’ Trust believes this was wholly unnecessary and highly damaging to the business of Charlton Athletic Football Club. Fans are now talking about “falling out of love” and feeling “a disconnect” with the Club. Football is a purchase driven by emotion. There is now a high risk that many fans will feel less inclined to make that purchase. In a league where match-day, rather than TV derived revenue remains the most important source, we believe the owner should be concerned about this risk.

    In the short term the Supporters’ Trust urges the owner to take steps to explain honestly the rationale behind the change in Head Coach, the expectations he has of the new Coach, and the resources he may be given to fulfil those expectations. Charlton Athletic supporters do not have misplaced expectations of grand success. Indeed we have a recent history of supporting the Club most when it was financially crippled. But that period was marked by open and frank explanations by the Board of the business situation.

    The Trust aims to rekindle that relationship between the fans and the Club. We believe that mutual trust and openness will help channel the fans’ passion in a way which is positive financially for the club and emotionally for the fans. We have consistently sought dialogue with the Club, with this aim. We believe that such dialogue could have helped avoid a number of issues which have disappointed fans in the preceding months.

    Therefore for the long term, the Supporters’ Trust strongly urges the club to prioritise meaningful and sincere engagement with its fans, since we believe their involvement accompanied by transparency and a shared vision will bring the greatest security and success to Charlton Athletic. We repeat our offer for open, ongoing dialogue with the owner and the board. We also urge the club to explain to supporters the current strategy, how it engages the owner’s network of clubs, and how it will secure Charlton Athletic for the long term.


    January 15, 2015
    • An excellent call for mediation. I hope they are listening Ken.

      January 15, 2015
  7. Frank #

    The club is now so unrecognisable from the club we have all rallied around in good and desperate times over the past 30 years ago, that it is very difficult find anything to hang your loyalty onto, and therefore people such as myself are now fast approaching the point where ending my support (albeit temporarily with any luck) would not be too much of a problem.

    January 15, 2015
  8. Kim #

    If we show the same contempt towards the Club that RD shows to the supporters, then we are heading for disaster and the important “core” base of supporters will start to drift away. There is definitely a lot of bad feeling out there! Expect end of March they’ll be asking us to renew for the coming season, I reckon take up will be poor and if the Club show no improvement it will be an utter disaster for RD and he’ll be looking to “get away” i.e. sell his share, which will hopefully suit us all.

    January 15, 2015
  9. David #

    Perhaps Luzon will be a complete success. Perhaps we will stride towards the Premiership and all will be well. Who knows? But if it all starts to hit the fan, hopefully RD will get bored, cut his losses and sell up within a couple of years. I just hope we’re in a position to survive the fall-out and still a viable investment when (if) RD quits.

    January 15, 2015
  10. AlanFromParis #

    I think KM was perhaps getting a little confused: Sir Alex and (Bobby) Charlton. I’m in Paris so perhaps someone near the Valley could explain this to her. Liege, however, is not to far from where I live so maybe I should make te trip north.

    Hoping things will get better…

    January 15, 2015
  11. Mike #

    CAS Trust: A dictator will always dictate – they are not answerable to anyone, least of all those who pay to ‘enjoy’ the product on offer.
    All that Duchatelet does is to move players around his several clubs – anyone notice that Luzon’s 18 month contract is about the same length as he had at Standard Liege when he left? Well, that’s saved paying him compensation for the 18 months he had left to serve then, move the debt off of the books of SL and pay him to be employed at CAFC.

    The Championship is a very competitive league, you need to understand that league very quickly in order to achieve results. I don’t think that Luzon, with his limited experience in management has that.
    It does not bode well that several within the dressing room already have “issues” with the new manager – hardly going to lead to a good team spirit is it?

    What odds on Luzon moving out within a month if results go against him? What then – call in Fireman Sam in the shape of Jose Riga and hope that he can do the same this year as he did last year….
    Cardiff City were last year’s “basket case”, Charlton are this year’s. As a Charlton supporter for over 50 years it breaks my heart. My club are moving away from me to become the plaything of a millionaire who knows the cost of everything but the value of nothing…..

    January 15, 2015
    • Getting a bit p****d off of hoping there are 3 worse basket cases than ourselves.

      January 15, 2015
  12. Tony #

    Don’t worry if Tal Ben Haim moves to Maccabi Haifa we still have Morrissons to fill the gap……wait a minute though…. Just remembered he’s gone already…..So as Michael Caine once said, Hang on a minute lads I have a plan!!
    We all hope that RD is past that stage. COYR

    January 15, 2015
    • Tony, I am sure Alcorcón have a very useful centre back who can’t get a game available….

      January 15, 2015
      • Tony #

        I do hope you said that tonge in cheek. But remember, many a true word spoken in jest!!! On a serious note Joe Gomez Will step up and be our next center back…..before RD cashes in on him at the end of the season.

        January 15, 2015
        • Just like he did with Ezekiel and Batshuayi. Both 19 years old.

          January 15, 2015
  13. Paul #

    Beyond agreeing with just about everything said about this appointment, I can only see us getting stuffed on Saturday by Watford, bringing no-one useful in but losing some of our best players and getting relegated by the end of the season. Luzon inherited a very good team at SL then failed to win a wide open league, then got rid of (or was told to sell) the best players and replaced them with an ill-organised rabble. We presumably will get the same. the only question is whether he will surive three horrendous defeats in a row culminating with Rotherham at home

    January 15, 2015
  14. Sam lloyd #

    Now it’s Luzon’s turn to try and make a silk purse out of a sows ear – good luck with that matey !! 😦

    January 15, 2015
  15. The Mole !! #

    The Charlton ‘Bath’……the plugs removed….the water is circulating rapidly around the hole as we are all swept down the plug-hole !!!!…what a farce & mess we’ve ended up with since we left the premiership…..Sam Bartram & Jimmy Seed would be mortified

    January 15, 2015
    • That is why I think Curbs has offered to get his tracksuit on. The club obviously has a place in his heart and he’s unable to sit and watch. I would hazard a guess that Chris Powell is thinking the same.

      As for Richard Murray….

      January 15, 2015
  16. The Mole !! #

    Richard Murray is a man I’ve always held in high esteem and know his heart is fully in Charlton I just hope that his influence (however limited) allows this foundering ship to steer away from the approaching rocks……but I fear the worst as our recent history of short term managers does not inspire confidence…..oh how we’ve fallen !!!!!

    January 15, 2015
  17. Mike #

    I suspect that Richard Murray has put his views to our Great Leader, but obviously the incomer knows the club better than Richard does…..
    It must be very difficult for Richard – does he stay and try to fight his (and our) corner or does he walk out, which I’m sure he’s been tempted to do….

    As for the press conference, I have never witnessed a more pathetic introduction of a manager of a football club.
    The Chief Executive was watching every word she said in case she put her foot in it even more, Richard looked as though he’d rather be elsewhere – the further away the better – and Luzon ….. well insipid and uninspiring are two of the kinder adjectives I can think of – I can only hope that he shows a bit more fire in the dressing room on Saturday.

    I despair, I really do……

    I want my Charlton back.

    January 15, 2015
  18. Ms Meire is of course too young to remember Alex Ferguson’s early time as manager of Man Utd when he might easily have been sacked for poor results and I would add after considerably more matches than Peeters had as head coach at Charlton. If she had made her remarks in support of sticking with Peeters, rather than voicing her ambition for Luzon then it might have made sense and given her some credibility with supporters (oh yes and probably the sack too!). Luzon was the easy option and who knows how he will do? The answer is nobody, least of all the owner.

    January 15, 2015
  19. Mike #

    Luzon’s first pre-match interview was, sadly, about as impressive as his introductory press conference. Bland and too much shoulder shrugging. I just hope that he comes over better with the players – on this showing they won’t have much idea of what he wants them to do on the pitch at Watford…
    I know that English isn’t his first language but it’s his whole demeanour – it doesn’t instil confidence, let alone passion. Let’s hope his tactics speak for him – if he can get them across.

    I’m hoping for the best at Watford, but am expecting the worst……

    As for Katrien’s comment about wanting Luzon (or Bob or Jose come to that…) to be the next Sir Alex Ferguson – she was joking, wasn’t she?
    Under the Walloonian regime 25 weeks is the average ‘lifespan’ of a Charlton manager, Sir Alex managed a bit longer than that…!

    January 16, 2015
    • Mike, I thought the same and possibly he will over time become the most boring manager we have ever had. Curbs is like Ronnie Barker in comparison.

      Long term equals a season and a half in KM’s book – if he lasts that long of course, or hasn’t shrugged, shaken his head, or just bored himself to death before then.

      Loved to have been a fly on the wall in the first training session.

      January 16, 2015

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