Thursday, 17 August 2017

Supremo defends Amos

Karl Robinson has defended on loan keeper Ben Amos after suggestions that he was responsible for the second goal scored against Charlton by Plymouth on Saturday: Shaky start

Robinson says that the ball went through Chris Solly's legs, a claim that is being investigated in case it qualifies for an Alan Pardew Half Baked Excuses award. Robinson also claimed that Amos was not match fit yet as he had not played pre-season.

Charlton's defending at corners continues to be a concern, but Robinson said: 'Ben Amos came out to claim corners, something we maybe haven't had in the past. But then, the problem with that is he might drop one or two and people only focus on the one.'

Dillon Phillips remains reserve keeper for now and has yet to go out on loan. He is regarded as a work in progress and Charlton had hoped to sign an experienced back up keeper.

KR: I can't guarantee we will sign a striker

Karl Robinson has said that he cannot guarantee that Charlton will sign a much needed striker before the transfer window: Worrying update

Looks like will be playing 1-1-4-4, subject to fitness and suspensions.

The supremo had his alibi ready, 'It’s not my fault, it’s previous things that have been done and maybe people have been left to do what they need to do and put us in this position. We’ve not really spent money in the summer, we’ve done things right. I’m not one for wasting money, I like to do things in the correct way and give young players a chance.'

Robinson made an implicit response to criticisms that he failed to take Courtney Baker-Richardson for £20k:'You can bring a striker in for a minimal fee but does he really have an effect and drive the football club forward? I’m not sure. We have to have someone who is going to have an effect.' I can see the force of this argument, but sometimes it is worth taking a risk on a young player if he would not cost much in wages.

Charlton were interested in a loan deal for prolific Bristol City striker (and former Gashead) Matty Taylor, but it is no surprise that he is not available in this window: Staying in Bristol

I do not think that Robinson is at any risk. He has developed an effective working relationship with Katrien Meire and would seem to be on good terms with her.

Investors target Football League clubs

Tying the kangaroo down seems to be difficult

The annual BDO survey of football finance directors has a good reputation. The 2017 report finds that investors are increasingly targeting Football League Clubs with a 'staggering' level of approaches being reported: Takeover targets

I don't know whether Charlton's 'chief financial officer' was one of those who responded to the survey. So far we only know of interest in Charlton from the Australian consortium and judging from the report in the last VOTV Roland seems to blow hot and cold about this.

I suppose it's always possible that someone else might be interested, but this would depend on a realistic asking price, particularly in relation to the accumulated debt pile.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Those were the days

On Saturday my non-league team, Leamington, play Stockport County at home in the National League North. I won't be there or at The Valley as it is my last chance to spend some time with my granddaughters before they become, in effect, adults. One starts work on Monday; one is off to music college in Birmingham; and the third is deciding whether to enter the exacting selection process for Cambridge University.

In 2000 Charlton were away at Stockport. In those days I travelled away on the West Sussex mini bus. Usually, I met them in a quiet road just off the M40 junction. Once they took a wrong turn and I had to clamber down the embankment to be greeted by a number of them answering a call of nature.

On this occasion my car had broken down so the minibus came into the Royal Spa where bemused residents saw Charlton supporters clambering out for a toilet break. Not surprisingly, they managed to meet a Coventry City supporter, but, more surprisingly, a Watford fan.

Fortunately the guy who drove a hearse was not at the wheel that day and we made good time to the Railway End at Stockport. Pitch announcer Brian Cole managed the challenge of squeezing through the narrow turnstiles.

I found the programme which contains an extraordinary discussion of the toilet on the Charlton team coach. Read more here: Where you when you were good?

Thanks, but no thanks

Charlton are not going to sign free agent Cameron Stewart. He would only have been signed if Ben Reeves had not come: No deal

What everyone is waiting for is news of a striker being signed, but nothing appears to be immediately on the horizon.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Life outside the Premiership

The pharmacist in my local chemist is a keen Sunderland fan. We haven't talked about football at length for a while, but we did yesterday.

Of course, we talked a great deal around the time of the Greatest Game. I think that particularly at the time there was little ill feeling between the two clubs, rather the contrary.

He said that when Sunderland were in the Premier League, he hardly paid any attention to other leagues. I asked him if he got fed up with the endless relegation struggles, but he said they were exciting.

Many pundits have written Sunderland off this season. Four Four Two which admittedly does not have a great track record predicted a 14th place finish, but that echoed the views of others. However, they have made a stronger than expected start to the season.

My pharmacy friend said that he had found out that there was a programme about the Football League starting at 9 p.m. on Saturdays which he had never heard of, but was finding really exciting.

He did not realise that Charlton were now in League One and had heard nothing about Roland and the protests against his ownership. League One was terra incognita to him, 'there be dragons'.

Today we celebrate (or not, according to your views) 25 years of the Premier League. I enjoyed Charlton's years there, even if did mean playing matches on odd days at odd times. I doubt whether we will ever return, but getting to the Championship is a reasonable aspiration.

For more of my views on the Premier League: Huddersfield Town and When I dedicated a book to Curbs

Also Hyper inflation and Win, lose, on the booze

Monday, 14 August 2017

League Two ace could be new striker

Barnet's John Akinde could be the answer to Charlton's striker problem. He has been buzzing in League Two and would probably cost around £1m: Barnet target

Not good enough for Charlton: Courtney Baker-Richardson joins Swansea City

Baker-Richardson came on for Swansea City in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night and provided a cross that allowed the winning goal to be scored against Cheltenham Town.

Former Charlton and West Ham midfielder Diego Poyet is on trial with Cardiff City: Welsh chance

Katrien Meire has been re-elected to the FA Council: Victory