Song for Guy
Well not really. A slight maunder of “Guy Luzon’s red and white army” from a few in the Upper Covered End but that was about it as the Israeli left just like he arrived. By the back door looking like a rabbit in the headlights.
I grew to accept Luzon like a child-hating Auntie, but then the £5 WH Smith voucher at Christmas would see that acceptance grow to a like and when Luzon talked passionately and sensibly about his players and the club in a language that wasn’t his mother tongue, I think a lot of Addicks took kindly to him. I know I did.
He was always a puppet though, the string getting shorter as the results dried up and he so obviously had very little say in player recruitment despite doing his best to act like he did. The 3-4 extra players that had to be signed pre-season soon became 2-3 and 1-2, and then just one. He knew the score, he had played this game before.
His arrival last January is best consigned to history. It was one of the most embarrassing moments in recent Charlton history, not that Katrien Meire gives two hoots to the 108 years before the Belgians showed up. That 5-0 did he, didn’t he pick the team Watford defeat was a mess, but the players soon cottoned onto his ideas and we went on a couple of unbeaten runs which completely eradicated worries of relegation and allowed us to watch Millwall drop instead.
Of course they still bloody beat us, Luzon the latest Charlton manager to fail despite us taking the lead at The Den.
Luzon was allowed to sign some Championship savvy players and interestingly at the time he talked of how important it was to have British players as part of the fabric of the side. Either he changed his mind or this wish wasn’t granted as the summer recruitment policy ignored all British based players with any Championship experience. A long winded goose chase of James Henry aside.
What we shouldn’t forget is the poor way we finished last season ending with a disturbing capitulation at home to Bournemouth as we gave them the keys to The Valley for their promotion party.
There are a lot of good managers and coaches in The Championship. Foreign, experienced, wily and young and up and coming and like Peeters before him Luzon’s tactical ability was limited for this division. Better and more expansive I would say than Peeters, but still limited although his man-management skills were vastly more sophisticated.
We had another poor pre-season, but I never put much credence on that, but then just like a year ago we started like thoroughbreeds racing out of the gate and went 4 league games upbeaten which included sterling wins over QPR and Hull plus we comfortably made the 3rd Round of the League Cup.
It was a false dawn though as a desperate injury situation took hold and with a wafer thin squad, Luzon was left to mix and match and throw in not ready academy players. There was the Palace team selection debacle and more astute opposing managers took advantage of a team short on confidence, spirit and experience and tonight the inevitable happened after two 3-0 home defeats in a week to teams near the bottom of the table.
Charlton are now looking for their 5th manager in 19 months. Jimmy Seed will be turning in his grave. Google him Katrien.