Marmite Robinson appointed
“Following a thorough appointment process.” Cut and paste and repeat.
Well welcome Karl and I sincerely hope that you don’t sell your Buckingshire home and buy that one in Greenwich that your missus has fallen in love with. Rent mate, rent.
I’ve always been a bit marmite on Karl Robinson. As a young coach he impressed at MK Dons with a limited budget and caught the eye of chairmen of bigger clubs but to his credit stayed loyal. They had a pleasing attacking style and Robinson has worked well with many young players, either homegrown or on loan. His record, although marred by nearly’s, does have a promotion on it, and despite a 20-year age gap is much better than Russell Slade’s.
However he comes across as a smarmy git, with a chippy personality which might not endear himself to Addicks. Asking for fans to call off protests on Saturday and pull together was a very naive comment, albeit off guard to a fan on the way to Bristol on Tuesday.
But Robinson will do well to remember his comment last year that Charlton was a “basket case and only going one way.” Good luck Karl, you’re going to need it.
The black mark on Robinson’s resume is last season’s relegation from The Championship. Whilst Bolton and Charlton fought against off the field demons, MK Dons appeared to have a much clearer path to safety and I was surprised that MK Dons were so bad, often failing to get out of their own way and shipping goals all over. That poor form continued into this season, which eventually saw Robinson lose his job.
All in all though he may just be the best qualified off all the numpties that this reign have appointed. Hopefully he can outlast Duchatelet and Meire and we don’t have another groundhog day in a few months time.
Frankly however we should be nervous that Katrien Meire is still allowed to make any executive decisions, any decision to be honest. Whoever she and he appoint as manager or head coach or interim or caretaker is irrelevant until they are gone. And Karl, sorry mate, but the protests will go on.
Robinson will take over officially on Monday after Mrs Robinson is convinced to rent and not buy. His first press conference will be interesting and again Addicks’ will be intrigued to hear the lies that will be spouting from Meire’s lips and to see how well Robinson has read the script, and how he will incorporate Chris O’Loughlin into his team.
So Kevin Nugent gets another game on Saturday against promotion favourites Sheffield United. Good luck Kevin, and in the meantime Chris Wilder and Karl Robinson can compare notes!