Laurence Bloom next
Last man standing. Laurence Bloom will follow Ben Roberts, Damian Matthew, Nathan Jones, Alex Dyer and Phil Chapple out of The Valley in the next couple of weeks according to the SLP. Only Head Physiotherapist Erol Umut and the great Keith Peacock now remain of Chris Powell’s coaching staff that won League One with 101 points. Hell would have to freeze over before Peacock left, or maybe just the Scheldt.
Tomorrow just around 2,000 Addicks will make the journey up the river to Craven Cottage, one of my favourite away days, and probably half of the amount that would ordinarily make the short pilgrimage west. How 2,000 people feel inclined to attend is pretty striking with what fans have been through, and I know none of my mates or family are going, even though this was pencilled in as an away day early in the season. I cancelled my trip back this week for other reasons, but it is systemic of the general apathy that submerges us.
Those 2,000 will of course back the team but they, we need something to believe in, to get behind, to cheer. Let us hope that by tomorrow evening we have at least some hope back.
That team will be without it’s skipper, but I think the midfield desperately needs refreshing and Diego Poyet has to be given the opportunity to remind us, West Ham and just about everyone else why he was able to walk out on us for a big money deal two season’s ago.
In terms of the myriad of new faces there was a classic ‘only Charlton’ moment this week when Jose Riga told us that Rod Fanni is not fit enough, Marco Motta and Yun Suk-Young are fitter than Fanni, but not quite there yet and Yaya Sanogo is injured after last week’s 10 minute cameo! And of course Igor Vetokele is 50/50. That will be written on dear Igor’s tombstone.
Jordan Cousins is also a doubt and Cristian Ceballos has disappeared of the face of the earth, with Callum Harriott in his exhaust plume.
Our record against Fulham in recent times is rubbish. Come on Jose, come on lads, give us something to cling to.