Within the next hour Charlton will announce that they have sacked Russell Slade after just 16 league games. Slade was heralded by Katrien Meire as some sort of saviour, thinking that appointing a British manager was the answer to the destruction her and Roland Duchatelet had caused since he bought the club in January 2014.
Something was seriously wrong on Saturday. It was pretty obvious that the players really had no real desire to play for Slade, and he watched from the touchline as if he was frozen as Katrien Meire looked down from the directors box, whilst us poor fans wondered if it could get any worse.
Meire has continued to trumpet Slade’s appointment as a British manager marking a new beginning in her stewardship and Duchatelet’s ownership of the club.
This is what Meire said on Talk Sport just last week:
“Most of the managers that we appointed were managers that had no experience of the English game or were Belgian or linked with Belgium so there were question marks around that. We did well apart from last season when we got relegated and paid a high price for those choices. But I cannot stress enough that we turned a corner in the summer.
We realised where we went wrong in the last couple of seasons and that is why we appointed Russell Slade as the manager, who is well experienced in League One. This is the way forward for us now.”
Each decision better than the last.
Farewell Russell, thanks for, er….