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Enough is enough

I don’t know whether to laugh of cry. Mind you, I can’t imagine what it must be like working in the media department at the club. Poor sods.

“Interim Head Coach.” In capitals. So Fraeye has given up a full time job at homely VW Hamme to take up an interim position? As has Wim De Corte. Then again it is like giving up a full time paper round to take up a makeshift role in the city at an investment bank. You wouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth would you?

Karel Fraeye is taking training tomorrow. What can the bloke who as head coach of an amateur club who lost their last two home games under his charge 0-4 and 0-3 teach Alou Diarra or Johan Berg Gudmundsson?

New Interim Assistant Head Coach Wim De Corte took some Googling. Where does Duchatelet get these people from? De Corte is currently assistant manager at Bob Peeters old club Waasland-Beveren, or at least he was. The 43-year old had a couple of low-level managerial jobs, for 11 years at 4th Division Standaard Wetteren and had a win rate of a little more than 20%. You can’t make this stuff up.

The obvious choice for caretaker or interim manager was Jason Euell, who incidentally has just passed his UEFA A coaches license. These puppets are not fit enough to lace Euell’s boots.

Enough is enough. We cannot just sit back and allow this man to run our club into the ground. He may have bought us, some say he saved us. Well I think I’d rather have taken our chances.

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  1. CA Addick #

    This just shows the contempt this owner bestows on the peope who pay at the turnstile. What business does everything possible to piss off every customer they have. They have got to have known what this appointment would do and the reaction it would get. Which shows they just dont care. I believe he wants out of this investment–hence this year’s budget issue with a wafer thin squad and now this.

    I see only one outcome and sadly that is diviion 1 if we are lucky.

    This owner has to go along with the useless KM who either is in lockstep with RD or is too cowardly to stand up to him. The only trouble is where do we find someone else who would put money into this shamble of a club

    Sad, sad sad!

    October 25, 2015
  2. Colin Pearson #

    i briefly thought about taking my son to his first game of the season against Brentford. I”M glad I didn’t because the result would not have inspired nor the atmosphere and I doubt either will change anytime soon. My son plays U8 football and the main message is to enjoy it. Who is enjoying their football at the Valley at the moment!!!

    October 26, 2015
  3. Keith Searle #

    Enough is enough. We are a proud club with a set of supporters who have proved that they will go to any ends to save our beloved CAFC.

    Enough is enough. We need to force RD to speak to us and address our concerns. Standard fans did it, we did it once before when the Council refused to listen.We have just got to organise ourselves. Its pointless protesting behind the stand at a home game – what effect will that have on RD? He won’t give a monkeys.

    The man is a coward. He hides in Belgium, refusing to speak to us and treating the club supporters with utter disdain. He puts in coaches and senior staff who have no idea whatsoever about running a championship football club never mind a community concern.

    The answer is several. One to boycott the Valley – hit him where it hurts and provide maximum embarrassment (if he is capable of being embarrassed).Two,He clearly got worried when he was attacked by Standard supporters in Belgium but feels he is safe from us across the water. So we need to go to him and elect a team of supporters to arrange to go to meet him. Perhaps the Trust. They exist to protect our club – and if we don’t watch it there won’t be club to protect- couldn’t they act for the supporters?

    We also need to start to embarrass RD in the Belgium media so we need supporters with media experience and European connections to start to write copy that we can get published abroad.

    |Also what about the sponsors. They cannot be happy about the situation.A club in turmoil and losing games regularly is not something they have paid out to support.So we need to get them on board as well.

    Finally what about Richard Murray and Keith Peacock. Where on earth are they, We know they are CAFc through and through and yet we have not heard a word from them. Is everyone frightened of RD? We need to speak to them

    October 26, 2015
    • Keith, not sure RD concerns himself with fan actions at all. The only reason he sold SL was because he can’t own two concerns in the same league, and after STVV went up he had to move quickly – even though he denies owning STVV. He had the buyer lined up and did the deal. He, however, didn’t budge an inch when SL fans rioted. All he did was sack the manager, Luzon.

      Nonetheless your points on damaging him in the local media I like the sound off. And like you how Peacock and particularly Murray stand by and watch is beyond me.

      October 26, 2015
  4. Tom #

    FC Athletic anyone?

    October 26, 2015
    • Tom, I really hope it doesn’t come to that as admirable as AFC Wimbledon and FC United are. I am too old to start supporting a new club from scratch if I’m honest. I just want my/our Charlton back.

      October 26, 2015
  5. Nick Hill #

    CA, well said. Have to say this is how I felt increasingly through last season, which is why I did not renew my season ticket (but continue to see myself as a die-hard Addick). The refusal to engage in any meaningful way with the Trust was perhaps the final straw for me (do people remember the promise made regarding engagement with fans in the wake of Powell’s departure?).

    I’d assume that Murray (and Peacock) only have one card to play, namely to walk if they feel that there is nothing positive that can be done from within. Duchatelet we have been told ‘doesn’t do failure’, so everything has to be someone else’s fault. Waiting for him to have a Damascus moment is probably wishful thinking.

    I look forward to the day when I can go back to fully supporting my team, whatever division it ends up in after this experiment.

    October 26, 2015
  6. You are so right CA to highlight the first hurdle for the new ‘interim’ coaching team-getting the respect of the players. They might do it by force of personality (I suspect Luzon relied somewhat on this) but what the players need RIGHT NOW is the authority of experience and achievement and that just cannot have been acquired in the lower tiers of Belgian football where neither individual has even excelled. I’m afraid a coat of paint here and there and a superior cup of coffee are not enough to hide the corrosive structural damage (erosion of support, lack of intelligent recruitment of players…….etc. etc.) that the current owner continues to inflict on CAFC.

    October 26, 2015
  7. Bob Miller #

    Calling Josh Harris! Calling Josh Harris! If you still wish to invest in English football, we have a real deal here for you!

    October 26, 2015
  8. Martin Cowan #

    RD is hamstrung by his own principles in terms of how he thinks a football club should be run. All the while he is the owner, we will not get a non-Belgian, non-network coach, because that would involve paying more money than RD believes should be paid. We have already seen what happens if you bring in coaches without the requisite experience (Peeters and Luzon). It’s going to be a long old winter.

    October 26, 2015
  9. Martyn Reuby #

    Fools is the only word to explain Roland and his puppets. Or is Roland a Palace fan in disguise, running the club in to the ground. Protest time Charlton fans. The only thing this arogant fool will understand. Lets get the Standard fans over to help organise it. DIRECT ACTION time, to save our club.

    October 26, 2015
  10. Kevin W #

    I’m not too up on the politics surrounding the owners/directors of CAFC but goodness, Charlton were a club that MLS modeled themselves after when it came to community involvement. What happened?

    The most successful recent period was under the charge of Curbishley and they could do a lot worse to get him back at the club. If RD and gang are businessmen they need to have someone in charge who took them from the ashes to the premiership, they stand to gain a lot out of the arrangement. I do not understand what the aim is right now and the results show the players don’t either, I’m just very sad about the whole thing.

    Anyone familiar with MLS may know that the hardcore fans of Kansas City Wizards formed a consortium to find a buyer for the club to keep them in Kansas City and succeeded brilliantly, now a rebranding to Sporting KC they have become a huge team in the league and successful too. Can the trust lean on influential people to maybe make it a fans takeover?

    Just a thought

    October 27, 2015

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