Bulot deal off
Frederic Bulot’s non appearance at Park View Road yesterday confirmed Addicks worse fears that Roland Duchatelet refuses to pay the asking price set by Standard Liege, and the Gabonese international will probably be playing next season in Ligue 1.
It does pose the question of why Duchatelet couldn’t do the deal when he was head of both clubs. I suspect a lack of a clear plan thrown in with some stubbornness by the owner was probably the reason.
A vision of a plan beyond English football being saddled with FFP has never been forthcoming from our Belgium owner and his CEO and 18 months into their leadership nothing much has changed and it has been some time since our SE7 mouthpiece has given us any of her utterances. Maybe this week as the players head of to Belgium maybe a good time.
The club hastily withdraw an article yesterday on it’s website stating that negotiations were continuing whilst Standard allowed Bulot to train and take part in pre-season friendlies. I hope that Duchatelet’s vast array of scouting network has some other irons in the fire.
Let’s not forget however that Bulot was pretty rubbish up until the African Cup of Nations, but he did excel under Luzon and I suppose I am naive enough to think that these days if a manager wants to sign a player, and a player wants to join, then it still cannot happen. Roland Duchatelet likes to think of himself at the forefront of change but leadership requires communication and ambition.
Yesterday’s two 45 minute team’s at Welling only underscored our complete lack of squad depth. The ex-Arsenal 18-year old midfielder Regan Charles-Cook and Karlan Ahearne-Grant both started for the ‘1st team’ with KAG scoring the only goals of the game, both taken with some aplomb.
The club announced today that the home friendly against Serie A club Chievo has been cancelled and instead we will travel to Bolton on the Friday night, July 31st. Chievo looked as if they just accepted every single invite to play and then realised that 3 games in a weekend was a little much. I am sure Guy Luzon and the players are thrilled now to be making the 250 mile trip north instead for a friendly.
The squad left for Belgium today and play two friendlies against Jupiler League opposition Genk on Wednesday and network club and Roly and Katrien’s first love Sint-Truiden next Saturday. The Belgian clubs are more advanced than their English neighbours in pre-season and both should prove good tests.
After the return of the players there will be 3 weeks left until the QPR game, and I am hoping that we may have seen some better markers of what Duchatelet and Meire’s ambitions are for next season.