Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The end of days for the regime

Despite denials by the club, VOTV editor Rick Everitt is convinced that Charlton Athletic is being sold. It is a complicated process which will take some time, for example because of outstanding loans to six former directors. But it is now the end of days for the Duchatelet regime: Exit Duchatelet

The question now is, to whom is the club being sold? If the Rickster has any idea, he isn't letting on. I certainly don't know. Whilst we all be glad to see the back of Roland, a note of caution is necessary about any new owners, even though they can hardly be any worse.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Ricky Holmes expresses his frustrations

Ricky Holmes expresses his frustrations about the season at Charlton. The work ethic has been there, but decision-making has sometimes been poor: Work ethic

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Defeated by top team

Charlton lost 2-1 to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane today. Ricky Holmes put the Addicks ahead on three minutes, but O'Connell equalised for the Blades on 14 minutes. It was 1-1 at half time, but the home side took the lead on 48 minutes. At least it's a better scoreline than the 6-0 or 7-0 the pessimists in the row behind me were predicting.

Holmes’ perfectly executed set-piece from just on the edge of the 18-yard box, after Paul Coutts had brought down Forster-Caskey, put Charlton ahead. He lifted his free kick up and over the wall and beyond the reach of the keeper. Watt then hit the woodwork before the home side equalised. On the half hour mark he drew a good save from the keeper.

Forster-Caskey was the catalyst behind Charlton’s best moments. Pressing, probing and perfectly willing to take on his marker himself, the 22-year-old caused United all sorts of problems throughout a difficult first-half for the home side. As the interval approached, United finally began to establish a foothold in the game.

After the break Rudd pulled off a superb save to keep out a header from Lafferty but he could stop him tapping home from on the line.

Charlton are 15th, six points above the drop zone.

Football League Paper player ratings

Rudd, 6; Byrne, 5; Bauer, 6; Teixeira, 6; Chicksen, 5 (DaSilva, 84, 5); Ulvestad, 5 (Bokata, 80, 5); Konsa, 6; Forster-Caskey, 6 (Crofts, 74, 5); Holmes, 8; Watt, 8; Novak 6.

Roland causing damage elsewhere

This blog post tells how Hungarian club Upjest has suffered under network ownership, although in this case it is Roderick Duchatelet who is in day-to-day charge: Great Hungarian club suffers

Charlton to be put to the blade?

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has urged his fans to get behind the team today, warning them that Charlton have had good results against teams at the top of the table. It will be the last Saturday game of the season at Bramall Lane: Get behind the boys

The CAS trust preview is here: Sharpening shooting boots

Odds are: Sheff Utd 4/9, Draw 7/2, Charlton 13/2.

Konsa has signed a new deal at Charlton, but he is being tracked by Premier League clubs and Charlton may not be able to hold on to him in the summer with the prospect of another player farm profit for Roland: Konsa

Friday, 17 March 2017

Club not for sale

Karl Robinson has been assured that the club is not for sale: No sale

Ronnie Rosenthal was apparently shown round The Valley because Katrien Meire knows his Belgian wife.

So it looks as if hopes were raised only to be dashed once again, although there are still one or two things left unexplained.

Robinson: I want to keep Rudd

Karl Robinson would like to keep on loan goalkeeper Declan Rudd on a permanent contract next season: Permanent deal

Some fans have been critical of recent errors by Rudd and would like to see Dillon Phillips given another chance. Phillips is unlikely to stay as No.2 if Rudd is given a permanent contract.