In all his years in charge of the Franchisees Karl Robinson must have grown familiar with the roundabouts of Milton Keynes. He cannot have anticipated making two quick returns to stadium:mk with his new team.
The voluble Scouser has had plenty to say for himself since coming to Charlton, but the pressure is on him to deliver some points. The absence of a new manager bounce has led some Addicks to regret the departure of Russell Slade or to suggest that Kevin Nugent should have been given a chance.
However, as Rick Everitt has argued in VOTV, the question of who the manager happens to be is really a diversion. The real problem, as The Times noted on Saturday, is Roland Duchatelet's 'calamitous ownership'.
The simple fact is that the squad is not good enough to reach the play offs (I do think it is good enough to avoid relegation). In particular, the central midfield gives the ball away too easily and can't get into the box quickly enough to give the forwards some service.
The real test for Karl Robinson will not be today's result, but whether he can persuade Roland to make some decent signings in the transfer window.
In games at this level in the league against the Franchisees, we have won one, lost one and drawn one. Odds: MK Dons 21/20, Draw 5/2, Charlton 5/2.
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