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Charlton Athletic 2 Bolton Wanderers 2

Depressing, utterly depressing. Two points from two importantly winnable games is simply not good enough. Bolton are a train wreck, 6 points adrift, have players that have not been paid for a month, yet still for long periods dominated us on our own turf tonight and found the will and desire to come back from 0-2 down.

2-0 up in 26 minutes we should have managed the game to conclusion, whatever that took. Yet for the second time in three games we throw it away. Duchatelet and Meire have to face up to the fact that Fraeye is not up to the level of this division and nor are half of the rag tag squad. It is neither 100% fit nor prepared nor disciplined.

Pictures of an empty Valley is what our Belgian owners have left us with. This is their legacy, not plans to improve Sparrows Lane, Target 20,000, pulled pork sandwiches or freshly painted steps, it is this. Invest in the team, bring in an experienced manager, get fans onside.

The damage that is being done to our club will become irreversible. Thanks Roland, thanks for everything.

Addick Bloggers at The Valley: Stickleback; Hungry Ted; Addicks Championship Diary; Doctor Kish.

Relegation watch: Huddersfield had an important win over Rotherham 2-0, Bristol City were well beaten at Derby, but MK Dons beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 and Fulham lost at home to Ipswich.

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  1. CA Addick (California Addick) #

    Agreed 100%. Frankly even I am losing interest. If they do not see the issues and make changes soon , they will be down to 10,000 I they are lucky let alone 20000. And am afraid will lose our new goalscorer come January. Why would he sign a new contract?

    And what about Watt. That decision alone shows how inept and crazy this ownership and management is.

    December 15, 2015
  2. Why an earth is Watt out on loan?

    December 15, 2015
  3. Keith Searle #

    Agree 100% We are in a spiral of decline and you can only but think now that this must be the grand master plan. Its the only rational thought left. If he doesn’t want to provide a team that will push for promotion and is instead happy to see a rag bag team limp along at the lowest cost possible then he must have other designs .His plan must be to make our club so utterly useless and worthless and then what…? Move us out and redevelop the ground?

    December 15, 2015
    • Keith, I never allowed that thought to cross my mind, because it, well it is unthinkable, but when you look back at decisions like getting rid of Riga then perhaps his only plan is to sell young players for profit as we wallow in League Two. This is the complete destruction of a community football club.

      December 16, 2015
  4. DarrzzettBum #

    Yup it aint good, short of a rich Chinaman/Arab/Yank wanting to spend some of his/her billions on a London football club we are going to struggle under Flemish ownership. We need stability & need it fast otherwise……………………………………………….

    December 15, 2015

    December 15, 2015
  6. richard #

    Less than 13,000 was the official attendance last night. Even if that was accurate (and in truth it was probably significantly less) then that is lower than we were getting in League One just a few years ago. I’m trying really hard to not believe that Roland bought us for our assets but it is beginning to look like the only explanation. KM is obviously as inept as her interim head coach, and Roland must be able to see that. I really fear for us…

    December 16, 2015
  7. According to the interim head coach ‘the squad is good enough’ but if that is the case then it is obvious that HE is not good enough. My view is the worst case scenario that neither the squad (for various reasons) or the head coach are ‘good enough’. Results and performances don’t lie. Given the owner’s record of firing those in charge of the first team I see absolutely no reason why Fraeye still has a job this morning except that with Fraeye RD has probably hit the bottom of his head-coach talent barrel and has no absolutely no idea where to go next.

    December 16, 2015
  8. I was at the match and it was utterly depressing. Your analysis is spot on. A Chief Exec focusing on everything but the fundamental – football and a lack of investment and drive to get us out of this situation. The squad lacked organisation reflecting Fraeye’s inexperience.

    December 16, 2015
    • Honestly the CEO is so unqualified it is laughable yet she is the one signing players. Not one of the summer transfers started the game last night. Either not rated or unfit. As you say core fundamental is football and nothing else should matter.

      December 16, 2015
  9. Nigel Reddick #

    Theoretically CA, from a glance at the table, it is eminently feasible for us to avoid relegation. But for the fans who know just what condition the squad and management team are in, this seems highly unlikely. Even if a new manager were brought in along with new players, we know from experience it would only just be enough resource committed to keep us out of relegation, with no other real intent. And if by some miracle we do avoid relegation, we’ll go through the same cycle again next season.

    Its very difficult to see any bright long term future under the current regime.

    Pembury Addick

    December 16, 2015
    • PA – 26 games left so no need to panic. I am sure MK Dons, Rotherham, Huddersfield, Bristol City and even Bolton fans have hope. What do we have?

      December 16, 2015
  10. Big Pete #

    This is not a freye issue, its been the same for the past few years, we can’t string two good halves together, we either go out well and go home at half time, or go out poor and turn up at half time. Previously, we had the players to either hold on to the first half lead or comeback in the second half, but the skill depth and competition for places are no longer there to do either.

    With the net loss of 12 players (20 out and 8 in) over the last summer, with there already being issues of us having a stick thin squad, has meant there is no competition for places to drive the performance in the good half higher, or come in as replacements, so players can sleepwalk through matches knowing they will play next week.

    December 16, 2015
    • I agree that it is not entirely a Fraeye problem ie that it didn’t start with him., but he is not arresting the steady decline for which others are also (much more so in fact) responsible. Getting rid of Fraeye is certainly not the whole answer but two points from two home games in the current situation is simply not good enough.

      December 16, 2015
      • Terry – totally agree. Fraeye is part of the problem but not the source of the problem. However he is way out of his depth in this division and frankly probably League One and Two as well.

        December 16, 2015
    • Big Pete – that is an excellent point and and has been true since RD started playing merry go round with managers/head coaches and players. Continuity, a sense of belonging and good man management will help those faults. None of those things have existed since RD bought the club.

      December 16, 2015

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