I read that we missed a leader on the pitch last night. Solly, for all of his qualities, is a quiet captain, and Pearce always comes across as a far more visible and audible influence.
The tale of Charlton Athletic is one big broken LP. Not taking our chances, conceding too many goals, no impact from the bench, nothing on the bench offensively at least, scrimping in the transfer window, a frail looking squad with no options, bemoaning the loss of world beaters Marshall and Reeves. Yup Karl, we have heard this tune before.
The League One managerial casualties for the season became three today as Oldham Athletic and Gillingham pulled the mutual consent trigger which saw two club legends pack up their desks.
John Sheridan has managed Oldham on three different occasions and ended his playing career there. He managed to perform a rescue act last season after winning 5 of his 9 games after re-joining in January. However with few incomings during the summer the odds looked against Oldham from the outset, and they’ve leaked goals and have won just once, away at Bristol Rovers, despite a wave of non-contracted foreign imports being signed earlier this month.
Mid table here we come..
Or maybe a flirtation with the play-off’s, but automatics? If I look at the table Peterborough, Bradford, Wigan and Scunthorpe all look pretty steady, and each of them have had 9 tougher games than we have. Then there is always a surprise package, and Shrewsbury have carried that torch exceptionally well so far. Even Blackpool are above us, bless ’em.
It’s early days for sure, but the detail behind the statistics don’t show us in a good light. We’ve played the bottom four and gained only 4 points from 12. We’ve played one of the top 6 and got well and truly thrashed.
CARD issued a statement today which states that there will be no in match protests that could detract from a potentially successful promotion campaign, however other plans are being made.
Possibly the other plans could mean further protests in Duchatelet’s home country and town, which I personally feel at this stage make more of an impact.
I think CARD’s approach is sensible and underscores the mantra of supporting the team (and manager) but not the regime. However everything is still not rosy behind the scenes and I think the inability to bring in another striking option other than an untried Rangers’ reserve shows how much Duchatelet is still stifling ambition at the club. Not for the first time we’ve started well, and possibly have the best looking first XI we’ve seen since Powell left, but again we enter the autumn and winter and the long slog of three games a week with a paper thin squad lacking in experience, depth and options.
Very sad to hear the news that Richard Collins passed away suddenly on Sunday morning. Richard was 75 and he was still a regular at The Valley, and I’d have thought been planning on attending The Legends game yesterday.
One of the more recognizable and permanent members of the board over many decades, Richard Collins is part of Charlton Athletic’s history. He first joined the club as a director in 1981, and took over as chairman from Mark Huyler in 1983 before becoming a key player in securing the club’s future a year later.
Is it too early to be cynical?..
Our first defeat at The Priestfield in 88 years. Robinson is big on records, and it doesn’t get much bigger than that. Mind you we haven’t had the misfortune to play our Kent neighbours that many times over the decades but in recent years we have not played well there. Yesterday was no different.
We lost to a 2nd half goal from Tom Eaves, similar to one we conceded at home to Wigan in the week and we had no answer save for loads of balls pumped into the box. We huffed and puffed against a team that specialise in huffing and puffing, and we weren’t good enough. Sure we had hundreds of shots at goal, and apparently their ‘keeper was man of the match, but he hardly put in a Nick Pope type performance.