Getting to Know The Network
I’m a bit late with this but it is most definitely worth a plug and over 10,000 people have already listened to them I believe but as the pro-Duchatelet brigade get louder and the splits amongst the fan base get a little wider I implore all Charlton fans to listen to the recently released Getting to Know The Network. Whatever your view of how Duchatelet and Meire are running the club these two initial podcasts of an eventual set of four are required listening.
The first podcast called The Inheritance studies the club under Tony Jimenez and Michael Slater, but backed by Kevin Cash and tells an incredible story of what a mess the club was left in after Jimenez off-loaded it to Duchatelet, following the minimum of due diligence by the Belgian. The over reaching message however is how closely knit the playing and coaching staff were under Powell, despite the financial issues behind the scenes that Powell was having to deal with.
The 2nd podcast is called The Wrecking Ball and it takes on the story of the club following the takeover by Roland Duchatelet and the appointment of CEO Katrien Meire. I’d be interested in those pro-Duchatelet supporters opinion of the two emails uncovered during the podcast’s investigation. Horrifying and I believe there are more to come.
It has since been confirmed by Duchatelet that the emails are authentic. The Belgian accused Chris Powell of releasing them but Getting to Know The Network have said that they did not get them from Powell.
Getting to Know The Network is superbly produced and I love the Serial-esque music. The two episodes are truly eye-opening, even if much of the story was known or understood to be known. But never has it been told so well and the podcasts led by former Charlton digital content manager Jimmy Stone are a tremendous piece of journalism.