Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Johnnie Jackson would be caretaker manager

Johnnie Jackson will be caretaker manager if Karl Robinson decides to go to Oxford. As Richard Cawley says, it would be a popular appointment: Caretaker

There is still no definite news from Oxford, but I am convinced that 'Tiger' is another bonkers owner.

Mark Marshall speaks out

Karl Robinson's resignation offer was news to Mark Marshall, but the winger has a lot of sympathy with the Charlton coach saying that no one likes to be deceived: Boss has my blessing

Marshall said that Charlton's poor form could not be blamed on the takeover uncertainty. However, the absence of a chief executive and a chief financial officer leads to a general sense of drift at the club which cannot help. Some suspect that Karl Robinson is manoeuvring to get the best exit deal.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Crawley boss to be new Valley supremo?

The Australian consortium bidding to acquire Charlton want to put Harry Kewell, currently at Crawley Town, to be the new Charlton supremo: Latest speculation

The Australian has played for Leeds United and Liverpool as well as a number of clubs down under: Harry Kewell

'Exciting announcement' pending at Oxford

Oxford United's owner has said the club will make an 'exciting announcement' today. Karl Robinson is on very short odds to become the next manager. Oxford have recently tweeted that this is 'International Happiness Day'.

The more I read about Oxford's new owner 'Tiger', the more I think he belongs to the class of bonkers owners. But Karl knows all about that.

Disappointed by the lack of investment in the transfer window, the shell shocked supremo may see Oxford United as an escape route: Way Out

Richard Cawley has just reported that Karl Robinson has offered to resign, more than once: I will go

Roland Duchatelet has rejected his resignation: Non!

One question is who would be available to accept any resignation, but presumably we still have a kit man?

Latest reports suggest that the streets in SE7 are calm and no fans have arrived to rend their shirts.

If he does go, I would put Jason Euell in temporary charge.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Ahearne-Grant finds his shooting boots

On loan at Crawley Town, Karlan Aheare-Grant has scored six goals in seven games. On Saturday he scored two goals away at Carlisle to secure Crawley a draw, delighting the 75 Crawley faithful who had made the trip north.

His first goal involved jinking past two defenders before drilling a low shot into the bottom right corner of the net.

This has all been against League Two defences, but it does give some hope that he is developing as a player.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Sven preferred to Karl!

New Oxford United owner 'Tiger' 'My-name-is-too-long-for-my-door-plate' has decided that he wants a manager with a 'wow' factor and has plumped for Sven Goran Eriksson. The former England manager is said to be interested in coming, let's hope he doesn't think he was being offered an honorary fellowship at an Oxford college.

The bookies are still offering short odds on Karl Robinson. Oxford would be nearer to his Milton Keynes home.

One wonders what wheeze the new Thai owner of Oxford will come up with next. There is talk of a cable car system in Oxford to relieve congestion (really dreamt up as a riposte to Cambridge's recently unveiled plans for an underground) so perhaps it could run out to the ground.

He should perhaps be reminded that Sven had an unhappy spell at Notts County and there is a lot to be said for a man motivator with League One experience. Sven recalls his experience at Notts County: How I was conned at Notts County

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Bore draw at The Valley

In freezing conditions Charlton drew 0-0 with Fleetwood Town at The Valley this afternoon, leaving them five points away from the play off places. The official attendance was 9.865, but it was a few thousand below that, bearing in mind that EFL rules require that season ticket holders are counted as in attendance.

The visitors sat back in the first half and Charlton were incapable of breaking them down. Around the half hour mark, the Covered End started a chant of '4-4-2'. One fan tweeted that Robinson's tactics and formation were ****. Charlton were slow and predictable The referee was so bored he added no minutes on.

Robinson played his master stroke on 60 minutes with a double substitution. Magennis went off to ironic cheers, accompanied by Reeves. Ajose and Zyro came on.

Amos did well to keep out a one on one on 62 minutes and the rebound was just wide. The visitors were in more attacking mode in the second half.

Richard Cawley tweeted that Fosu and Forster-Caskey were the only players trying to make something happen.

Fans scanned the Charlton heights for sight of a kangaroo, but not even a wallaby could be seen.

I have to say that I am glad I am too unwell to come to matches.

Karl Robinson put the display down to the poor decision-making in the final third, so that's all right then. Admittedly, sixty per cent possession and two shots on goal does tell a story.

Chris Solly could be ruled out until the summer (at least Acworth will be pleased): Knee problem