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Kangaroo court

It may be considered a bit of a distraction currently with the team’s surge into play-off contention, but for the huge majority of us the end of Roland Duchatelet’s cancerous ownership of the club cannot come quick enough.

It’s May tomorrow, just the 9 months since the first whispers of Australians descending on our small corner of London. It is believed there has been more than one interest from Australia, and certainly others from both home and abroad, but for reasons only obvious to a stubborn old man in Belgium we remain in his spell. No magic, no plan, no leadership, just a plain speaking ex-midfielder thrown into a caretaker role bringing some pride and excitement back.

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Welcome Mark Marshall

The apparently much sought after Mark Marshall became our second signing, and the second one from Bradford, today.

The 30-year old has had a journeyman career in the lower leagues but really came to age at Bradford and on paper at least is a very decent signing. According to Karl Robinson “he can play off both feet, he’s quick, he’s a winger and he’s aggressive in everything he does. He’s from London and he wants to play for Charlton.”

All good. If only we can keep Ricky Holmes as well….
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Heartbreaking for The O’s

Great little club are Leyton Orient. During the mid 70’s and 80’s when I first started going to Charlton we played them regularly and my family and I would always make the short journey across the river. We were there for the abandoned game in 1978. The game was called off at half-time and the tannoy system was so bad that the crowd only found out by word of mouth. We went back for the re-arranged game which had been postponed again and was pushed back 24 hours to see us avoid relegation by the skins of our teeth.

In 2014 The O’s were a penalty kick away from playing in The Championship and then Barry Hearn sold the club to Francesco Becchetti, who walked the EFL’s fit and proper test because he had money and ambition. Sadly what Becchetti also had was not one clue of how to run a football club. As Barry Hearn said: “But no one could have foreseen the level of ineptitude when it comes to management. You can’t do due diligence on whether he is a nutter!” Sound familiar?
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