Charlton will finish 13th again this season according to Four Four Two. A health warning is necessary as the magazine forecast we would hover above the relegation zone in Chris Powell's championship winning year. However, prospects this season are certainly not as good.
Supporter Lee Jarvis is more optimistic, claiming that the Addicks will finish in the top six, adding 'I hope. I don't want to be in this division for too long.' He suggests that Jason Pearce's 'experience could be key. He is a leader and has been promoted before, with Wigan.'
The article suggests that success on the field might depend as much on who Karl Robinson can offload, as much as the playing personnel he brings to the club. Departing first team coach Simon Clark claimed the club needs a change of culture, as too many players are happy to coast along.
Supremo Robinson is described as 'A respected lower-league coach with a well-defined philosophy. Those who have worked with Robinson have nothing but praise for his positive outlook and interpersonal skills.'
Ricky Holmes is selected as star player: 'He could be one of the division's star men.'
Writing in the Sunday Times Millwall fan Rod Liddle says, 'The hitherto sinking ship which is Charlton Athletic have splashed the cash a little and may be in line for a season of good cheer.'
The Racing Post forecasts a 11th place finish.