Sunday, 15 July 2018

Squad needs strengthening says Forster-Caskey

The Charlton squad needs strengthening with the opening game just three weeks away Jake Forster-Caskey tells Louis Mendez of the SLP: Hopes squad will be strengthened

Of course, he is hardly going to say that the squad needs weakening, but he does have some interesting points to make. He clearly hopes for great things from Lyle Taylor, but one swallow doesn't make a summer.

He also praises trialist Simon Dawkins and regrets the departure of Ahmed Kashi, 'a very good player.'

Career details of Dawkins, a 30-year old Jamaican international who started out at Spurs: Simon Dawkins

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Smallest ever Welling attendance

Just 1,020 turned up to see Charlton playing at Welling yesterday and, according to Richard Cawley, that included a number of freebies. Charlton retained the Crown Berger Cup with a 2-1 win, but apparently the cup has been lost in a cupboard somewhere, so they were playing for the Eric Brackstone trophy.

Welling took a surprise lead on six minutes when Adam Coombes found a lot of space down the right wing before firing a measured shot inside the far post. Within a minute the Addicks were level. Nicky Ajose had a shot beaten out by Wilks as far as Karlan Ahearne-Grant. His shot was pushed away by Wilks but it fell kindly for Ajose to finish from a tight angle.

Charlton had the better of the second part of the half with Wilks saving from Josh Magennis and Patrick Bauer heading over from a Simon Dawkins corner.

Bowyer put on a different eleven for the second half and they very nearly made an immediate impact when George Lapslie went down in the area but calls for a penalty were waved away. A good move involving Albie Morgan and Igor Vetokele ended up with Fosu firing over for Charlton, while Forster-Caskey was unable to score following good work by Morgan, his effort being saved comfortably.

Hopeless defending from the home side presented Charlton with a chance to go ahead but Lyle Taylor shot wide when he should have done better. He then had a powerful shot saved by Wilks before Vetokele was unable to hit the target with a header. Then 14 minutes from time Forster-Caskey's free kick looped up off the wall and found Taylor, who was just onside and bundled the ball home from close range.

Vetokele may stay

Lee Bowyer has indicated that Igor Vetokele may stay for the season with finances not being an issue despite his relatively high wages: SE7 stay

Vetokele played the second half at Park View Road this afternoon and Bowyer was favourably impressed by what he saw, as well he might be.

Second signing decision by Monday

Charlton will know by Monday whether they have made their second summer signing. The sellers have asked for another 48 hours to come to a decision: Transfer news

The Addicks retained the Crown Berger Cup (now the Eric Brackstone Trophy) with a 2-1 win over Welling United at Park View Road. However, Welling boss Steve King has claimed the second goal should not have been allowed to stand.

The Chicago Addick discusses the possible signings which he suggest are bottom of the barrel: Bottom of the barrel

Friday, 13 July 2018

More takeover delays

The CAS Trust met earlier this week with Lieven de Turck [sic] who has the lead role in the takeover negotiations. He said that the Australian consortium had not submitted all the required documentation to the EFL. The complexity of the consortium also seemed to be an issue: More paperwork needed

It is difficult to make any sense of what is going, but what does seem to be the case is that no takeover will have taken place before the season starts. In the meantime, Lee Bowyer is constrained in preparing for the new season.

Midfield boost?

Darren Pratley and Josh Cullen are potential signings to boost Charlton's midfield, in Pratley's case on loan: Transfer mix

One fan reacted on Twitter, 'Cullen would be good, but Pratley is ****.'

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Ben Amos to join Millwall

Last season's Charlton goalkeeper Ben Amos is to join Millwall on a season long loan: Millwall

The move has been anticipated for some time, but Charlton still need to find an experienced keeper for the start of the season.

Keep on taking the tablets

I went to see my doctor this afternoon and, as usual, his first question was about football. Would I be more upset if Charlton lost a key match than England? I thought it was like comparing apples and pears because at least England have given something to be proud of and celebrate. However, he said he would be more upset by a Manchester City setback.

After discussing the performances of England and Croatia, we eventually got round to my chronic Rolanditis for which he confirmed there is no known cure, but I should carry on taking the tablets for Belgian Fever to ameliorate the effects. If I felt too distressed, I should do a Neymar roll.

I then went to collect the tablets from my pharmacist who is a keen Sunderland fan and was at the Greatest Game. He reminded me of the first fixture of the season, something he thought would not have been possible two years ago. But he noted that relations between fans of the two clubs had always been friendly.

I then had to dash to the television studio to appear on France 24's evening bulletin and with my eye off the ball nearly said 'President Chump'.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Kermogant leaves Reading

Yann Kermorgant has left Reading by mutual consent with one year left on his contract. He never fully recovered from hip surgery: Kermorgant

It is thought that he is heading back to France (or Brittany) where he will be working in property management.

'I know nothing'

It is clear from this interview with Richard Cawley that Lee Bowyer has little idea about what is going on at The Valley, for example in crucial contract negotiations with Tariqe Fosu and Joe Aribo: I know nothing

It does look very likely that Patrick Bauer will leave as he wants to play at a higher level. There is also fresh interest in Magennis. Igor Vetokele is very likely to be loaned out because of his high wages.

Football may be coming home: if only Roland was going home for good

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Roland may net big loan signing

Roland Duchatelet is in talks with a club about a 'big loan signing'. It is not clear why Roland is doing it rather than Lee Bowyer, but it could involve a foreign club where Roland speaks the language. It is not, however, for a midfielder which Bowyer has identified as a key need: Big loan addition

Bowyer finding signing players 'very stressful'

Lee Bowyer is expecting fresh interest in Patrick Bauer and Josh Magennis this summer: Fresh interest in striker

Bowyer sees a physical centre midfielder as a priority, but admits there aren't many out there.

The shell shocked supremo said about negotiating deals, Bowyer said: 'It is very stressful. I’ve never been on the phone so much in my life. In the last five or six weeks I have been on the phone more than the last five or six years.'

'I went and met Lyle and I went and met Ogogo. Unfortunately that didn’t come off – he chose to go to Coventry. You are trying to persuade these players why we are the right club for them.'

That isn't easy with the future funding and ownership of the club so uncertain.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Lyle Taylor turned down Sunderland offer

Lyle Taylor reveals that he turned down a bigger offer from Sunderland to come to Charlton and also talks about being discarded by Millwall: Jackett was wrong

Thursday, 28 June 2018

New investor in place?

'Jimmy Seed' has tweeted that a new investor may be in place. The Australians have had difficulty raising the money need for the purchase and the five year development plan.

Ricky Holmes loses his mojo

It hasn't worked out for former Addick Ricky Holmes at Sheffield United and there are calls to get rid: Falling down the pecking order

However, judging by comments on social media, there is little appetite among Charlton fans for the prodigal's return.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Welcome, Lyle Taylor

Louis Mendez has welcomed the signing of Lyle Taylor from AFC Wimbledon, tweeting 'Obviously Taylor comes on a free which you’d assume may well be the way we’ll have to do our business whilst Roland Duchatelet still owns the club, but a good capture nonetheless.'

Bristol Rovers, Wigan and Sunderland were all interested in signing him.

The 28-year old Greenwich born forward scored 18 goals for Wimbledon last season.

He was Wimbledon's record Football League goal scorer with 44 goals: Career details

Andy Marshall has been appointed as the club's new goalkeeper coach. He was a keeper with Aston Villa and Norwich City.

Has Aussie takeover failed?

Drinking During the Game is one of the longest running Charlton blogs and is to be relied on. They are reporting that the Australians are pulling out of the takeover: Aussies to pull out

The essence of the story is that Roland hasn't been able to get the directors with outstanding loans to play ball. That has stopped him hanging on to The Valley and Sparrows Lane and the Australians have realised that unless they have control of those assets, there is no point in going ahead.

The second British consortium may now come into play, but Drinking During the Game is rightly sceptical about that. From all I have heard, it may be more credible than the Trotters Independent Trading bid, but not by much.

An underlying problem with any bid is the £60m of debt built up by Roland.

Drinking During the Game says that next season now looks like a car crash in slow motion. While I have confidence in Lee Bowyer, he needs players of the right calibre to succeed. A goalkeeper is one priority.

There has been speculation about Southend's well regarded keeper Mark Oxley: Shot stopper. However, he has three years left on his contract at Roots Hall and would cost more than Roland is prepared to pay, even if Chris Powell would let him go.

Monday, 25 June 2018

That takeover transcript in full

The discussion between Roland and the British consortium has been leaked.

'Is that Roland Du Chat Er Lay?'

'C'est moi qui parle. Bon jour.'

'Bon joor. C'est Derek of Trotters Independent Trading of Peckham. I understand that Charlton Athletic is for sale.'

'C'est vrai'.

'Trez bon.I would like to buy it. We have a long association with the club, Charlton being my kid brother Rodney's middle name.'

'But do you have the readies as they say in Angleterre?'

'Yes, we have been doing well with our luxury imported goods down the market recently, so we are flush. How much do you want?'

'It would be 40 for the club and 60 to pay off my debts.'

'A ton? I think we could run to that. Any more than that and I'd have to get the bank involved and I might get accused of money laundering.'

'Then you would be taken to the cleaners' [Roland laughs at own joke]'.

'Does that include Sparrers Lane?'

'That is a problem, there are former directors who have a veto and are being difficult'.

'Do you know where they live? I know a few faces who could go round and have a word and rearrange their faces if needed.'

'That would be good for that prune face Richard Murray.'

'Nice to do business with you.'

'There are also some Australians interested but now we have a top class British entrepreneur with an offer they will have to put up or shut up.'

Welling friendly moved again

First the start of the season Crown Berger cup match between Welling United and Charlton was set for 14th July, then it was moved to the 7th, now it's back to the 14th again: Moveable feast

Quite what this means for a pre-season tour is not clear. First that was off because Roland couldn't afford it, then it was thought to be on again.

Of course, there could be a cut price tour of Bromley, Dulwich Hamlet and Ebbsfleet where one would encounter some former Charlton fans.

Bowyer close to completing two deals

While confusion reigns over the future ownership of the club, Lee Bowyer is doing his best to shore up the playing staff with two signings nearing completion, one aided by a friendship with an agent he used to play with: Close to two signings

The club has announced that Igor Vetokele will return to Sparrows Lane for pre-season training this week. Whether this precedes a sale, another loan or a return to the club remains to be seen.

Richard Cawley of the SLP has tweeted, 'Charltonm set to appoint goalkeeper coach by the time that team report back on Wednesday for pre-season training. Might not be in building for day one but fitness work to start with anyway. Two candidates for the job.'

Aussies given a deadline

The prospective Australian owners of Charlton have been given a deadline of the end of the week to show that they have the necessary readies and the second week of July to complete the deal: Takeover deadlines

Roland has also being trying unsuccessfully to buy out the loans of former directors at a discount. With no remaining bank debt, they now put the ex-directors at the head of the queue of creditors if the club fails financially - in front of Duchatelet who is owed more than £60m via his Staprix company.

Given that the alternative British bid may have fallen at the fit and proper persons hurdle, all this suggests that a club ill prepared for the new season may still be in Roland's hands come August.

All this and more is in an informative post by VOTV editor Rick Everitt which repays reading.

What we can expect under Australian ownership

James Dutton thinks the deal might be done this week. Well, maybe.

In the meantime, here is a preview of what we might expect under Australian ownership with a player with pace on the pitch: Kangaroo makes good quality pass

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Jezza says Charlton 'plaything of billionaires'

Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn has backed the call for a fan on the board at Charlton. The Arsenal fan said that he would come to a match if invited by Charlton fans: Corbyn would come to Valley

He said, 'Charlton was a very good club. But now it seems to be becoming a plaything for billionaires who are competing with each other.'

Corbyn is a great friend of John Austin-Walker who was leader of what was then Woolwich Council at the time of the fight to return to The Valley.

Friday, 22 June 2018

Bowyer still hopes to be in permanent charge

Lee Bowyer would have preferred to have been appointed permanent manager rather than being renewed as caretaker, but he still thinks that he could be the unquestioned supremo by the start of the season: Caretaker tag could change in August

Roland has told Bowyer that the takeover has been held up for a 'little bit'. To fans, the delays seem interminable.

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Charlton could cash in on Pope

Former Charlton keeper and World Cup squad member Nick Pope is being linked with a £18m move to Liverpool. There is a sell on clause which is believed to be over 20 per cent so Roland could collect more than £3m: Mult-million windfall

However, I can't see the Clarets being too keen on letting Pope go.

Bookies favour Charlton promotion

The bookies have made Charlton third favourites for promotion from League One next season: Promotion challengers

It all looks very unlikely to me. While my non-league club is making a series of good signings, all we are seeing is exits at The Valley. While I have confidence in Lee Bowyer, his hands are tied.

We just have to hope that there is a sudden breakthrough in the stalled takeover talks which seem to be beset by more than one issue. Perhaps then we will see Skippy and his friends bounding round the pitch before the start of the season.

There is a rumour circulating that the Australians don't have the cash and are prepared to let Roland retain ownership of The Valley and training ground. I would have thought that Muir and his associates are not short of the necessary readies, but who knows? I don't!

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

A lesson in how to say very little

The joint statement on the takeover is a master class in how to say very little whilst purporting to offer reassurance: Takeover update

It says, 'Understandably, negotiations of this scale take time due to the enormous amount of due diligence that goes on behind the scenes, the need to satisfy the regulatory complexities of a football takeover and the challenges of assembling an ownership group.' If that was generally true, all football takeovers would take over a year when most of them are completed in a month or two. Roland took two weeks to complete due diligence, admittedly cutting corners. The BBC says that a price was agreed in February, so that cannot be the issue.

The reference to the 'challenges of assembling an ownership group' does confirm speculation that the size of the Australian consortium is an issue.

VOTV editor Rick Everitt tweeted about the statement, 'sets new standard for content-free official announcements - no doubt because they couldn’t agree anything meaningful. But even the fact of a joint statement is progress.'

Valley Floyd Road commented, 'Not sure what fans were expecting from statement, a date ? A planned organisation structure when the Aussies takeover? The financial worth and tax contributions? Come on be realistic. This was the best we could expect, confirmation RD is expecting to sell to the Aussies.'

At least the takeover is not off, as was feared last week.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Australians to release statement

The Australians are to release a statement tomorrow (Wednesday) on the current state of play in the takeover negotiations. Having received this news, James Dutton will no longer withdraw the Jimmy Seed bust from The Valley.

Rick Everitt's take on the situation can be found here: Fire sale?

Richard Cawley has tweeted that the statement will come via the club. He commented, 'It's going to be along the line that talks are progressing but taking longer than anyone would like - buyers and seller.

Some better news

Better news as it is revealed that contract negotiations are ongoing with Aribo and Fosu and a price tag of £2m has been put on Patrick Bauer to scare buyers off: New deals offered

Ahmed Kashi's career at The Valley is, however, over: No return

Lee Bowyer has told Roland Duchatelet that he can get rid of five players if he can bring four signings in: Bowyer has four targets

The priority position is a centre forward and a few options are being considered.

Seed bust to be removed from The Valley

Jimmy Seed's grandson is going to The Valley tomorrow to retrieve the bust of his grandfather. It is outside the boardroom when it is supposed to be inside the main entrance where it can be seen by fans.

James Dutton said, 'The family loaned it to the club in happier times, but while this regime seems intent on wrecking the club the bust can come home, and I'll return it when the new owners are in place. It's a small gesture, but one that I hopes make a point.'

Farewell, then, Harry Lennon

Harry Lennon is in advanced talks to sign for Southend United: Lennon

It won't save much off the wage bill, but as far as Roland Duchatelet is concerned, every little helps. Not having a chief executive and other key posts filled also saves money.

Lennon never really established himself in the first team, although he had bad luck with injuries. An Academy product, the 23-year old made 36 appearances for the Addicks in the league and cups, the greatest number in the 2013/14 season. He also had periods out on loan.

Monday, 18 June 2018

No pre-season tour for Charlton

There will be no pre-season tour for Charlton as owner Roland Duchatelet seeks to cut back on expenses. The opening Crown Berger match against Welling has also been put back by a week, although apparently this was at the request of Lee Bowyer: More doubts about takeover viability

Richard Cawley subsequently tweeted, 'Think if we do see any more player exits in the next week or two that it is a pretty sure sign that the takeover is not happening any time soon. Both parties maintaining stance that deal is not off.' It isn't off, but it doesn't seem to be progressing which indicates that there is a major issue to be resolved.

If the Belgian does stay as owner, there will be cutbacks in outgoings which means players and wages. This could mean a relegation battle next year rather than a challenge for promotion.

Blackburn interested in Bauer

Blackburn Rovers are reported to be interested in signing Patrick Bauer: Eyeing swoop

A fee of £500,000 is being talked about which would cover a fortnight's losses.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Muir still targeting takeover

The Evening Standard reported last night, 'Andrew Muir still expects to complete a takeover of Charlton and a source close to the Australian insists the proposed deal has not collapsed.'

Fans watching yesterday's World Cup game between Iran and Morocco were shocked to find that Iain Dowie was co-commentator, offering such pearls of wisdom as 'that wasn't far off target.' Do ITV want the curse of Dowie to descend on their World Cup coverage?

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Murray speaks

'Last man standing' Richard Murray has spoken to the Supporters' Trust about what he knows about the takeover negotiations, which seems to be less than the full picture: Still negotiating

Both interested parties are still in negotiations and he assumes that the outstanding issue is the sale price. For what it is worth, I have been told that the second (Britrish) offer is much less well founded than the Australian one and may have been kept in play just to pressure Muir and his colleagues.

According to the 'Belgium 20', 'One of the potential buyers stormed out the meeting on Wednesday! Roland playing hardball.'

Murray said that the club was losing £1m a month and would need £100m of investment over a five year period.

Charlton are still paying for financial mistakes that were made in the Championship - Igor Vetokele was signed for a seven-figure fee in 2014. The striker has not played a competitive game for the Addicks since May 2016 after spending the last two seasons on loan at Belgian clubs Waregem and Sint Truiden. He is one of Charlton’s top earners and still has one year left on his current deal - and it is unclear whether the club would want to pay his full wages in League One next season (although there have been rumours that he might return).

Rick Everitt has tweeted, 'Sheer number of investors doing paperwork on the Aussie side seems to have caused delays, leading Duchatelet to lose patience.'

It looks like we are facing a further period of frustration. In the circumstances it is sensible to appoint Lee Bowyer as continuing caretaker manager, although it is not clear how much freedom of action he will have or how attractive prospective players will find the set up.

Lee Bowyer to continue as caretaker boss

Lee Bowyer is continue as caretaker boss at Charlton: Lee Bowyer

As Louis Mendez has commented, we could end the season with a caretaker boss and start with a caretaker. Mendez added, 'It’s an absolute shambles - whenever we think the club can’t get any more mental, it keeps proving us wrong.'

None of this uncertainty bodes well for effective preparation for next season.

Authorities should step in says Rickster

VOTV editor Rick Everitt has called for the authorities to intervene in the latest shambles at The Valley. He specifically appeals to local MPs Clive Efford and Matthew Pennycook: Time for intervention

Everitt says, 'It is now time for the football and political authorities to intervene publicly and do what they can to hold this dangerous idiot [Duchatelet] to account.'

On the whole politicians are reluctant to get involved in football issues unless they can see some clear payoff for themselves, although Millwall fan Efford may at least be sympathetic. The English Football League takes a restricted view of its regulatory responsibilities.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Barmy Belgian in London taking decisions

Roland Duchatelet has been in London this week starting to make decisions about next season, including the sale of Ezri Konsa and the managerial vacancy: Duchatelet takes the helm

Richard Cawley tweeted, 'RD definitely wants to sell but I don't believe that Australian-backed consortium expected Konsa to go. Does get to a point where RD has got to start making some decisions on manager etc if this doesn't get resolved.'

'Got to say that the information I'm getting is that Andrew Muir's consortium still in for the club, deal not collapsed etc etc, but you have got to question how close it now is if RD is selling a prize asset.'

'In terms of why this takeover has taken so long, I think you'd find that both parties will blame the other. It is hard to pull apart some of the info because it comes from multiple sources.'

'In terms of where that puts a deadline, I'm not sure who knows. Definitely not me.' A despairing Cawley added, 'Would anyone mind if I just step out of writing the takeover stuff and focus on the thriving local bowls scene?'

'Jimmy Seed' has commented, 'Was yesterday the first meeting between Roland Duch√Ętelet and Andrew Muir? I have a feeling it may have been. Well that went well then didn’t it?'

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Fit and proper persons test passed

Rick Everitt has tweeted that the new owners have passed the fit and proper persons test according to EFL sources.

If the announcement is made on Friday, I will be in London for a funeral!

Ezri Konsa buzzes off

It had long been expected that Ezri Konsa would leave this summer, but the anticipation was that he would be joining Everton or Brighton. However, his performances are seen as solid rather than spectacular and he is going to ply his trade at Brentford: Konsa joins Brentford

The fee is undisclosed which probably means that it is not that large. However, I have heard subsequently from the Chicago Addick and others that is £2.5m plus add ons which is fair enough. In particular with a player with potential it is important to get a share of any future deals.

Completion by Friday?

Richard Cawley of the SLP reviews the takeover situation, pointing out that had Charlton been promoted, other bidders might have materialised: Completion by the end of the week

Charlton are ready to listen to offers for Josh Magennis: Departures

The Mercury has called for the return of a supporters' director: Fan on board

I am a little more sceptical. The fan director was never on the main decision-making board, as I recall. What they could tell fans was constrained by commercial confidentiality. A proper fans' forum might do more.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Takeover update

'James Seed' says that rumours that the EFL has blocked the takeover of Charlton have no foundation in fact. It is a process which may be completed later this week, consistent with his earlier prediction that the return of Andrew Muir from Australia was the key.

Richard Cawley of the SLP tweeted on Monday morning, 'It is hoped - and I must emphasise that word - that the takeover will happen this week. But, but, but - there are variables that mean this is not definite.'

Cawley added that Muir flew back into the UK before the weekend. Roland is not holding things up, he wants to offload.

Sometimes I think that I will have joined Sam Bartram before this takeover takes place.

Friday, 8 June 2018

Am in a denial?

My doctor is a Manchester City season ticket holder and every time I go to see him the first topic is what is happening at Charlton. I am finding it increasingly difficult to say why there has been no takeover.

It was pointed out to me that maybe I was in denial about a long running condition, suffering delusions about mythical Australians taking over the club who, even if they existed, might not be fit and proper persons.

Some surprise greeted my statement that I had no symptoms. When I asked what symptoms I should have those listed were fatigue and a nauseous reaction to Belgian beer and chocolates.

In the meantime the advice is to keep on taking the tablets.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Congratulations to Nick Pope

Congratulations to former Charlton goalkeeper Nick Pope on his debut appearance for England. He came on as a substitute 25 minutes from time in the game against Costa Rica.

He didn't have a lot to do but was composed with his kicking and made a smart, if routine, save at his near post from Ronald Matarrita in the final minutes.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Charlton with biggest debts in League One

Kieran Maguire of the Price of Football has been taking a look at the finances of League One. It's perhaps no surprise that Charlton have the biggest debts, but it is striking by how much they out distance other clubs.

Charlton's debts are £65.3m. Next in line are Coventry City, owned by hedge fund Sisu, followed by Bolton Wanderers at £22m (remember these are last season's figures). Rochdale and Shrewsbury are debt free.

Charlton also paid out £140 in wages for every £100 of income, a 'distinction' matched only by Scunthorpe.

Figures like these remind us why the sale of the club has not been straightforward. There have also been rumours that the Football League has raised queries during the fit and proper persons process, although I cannot confirm these.

Monday, 4 June 2018

Everton renew interest in Konsa

Newspaper reports are suggesting that Everton have renewed their interest in signing Ezri Konsa, but Brighton and Hove Albion are also said to be interested.

It's difficult to see how decisions of this kind can be taken when we don't have a long-term manager.

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Charlton in race for former Brakes ace?

The rumour mill says that Charlton are in a race for the signature of Danny Newton with QPR and Blackburn Rovers. The former Leamington player was a prolific scorer for Stevenage last season.

One always gets many false rumours at this time of year, but the real puzzle at the moment is who is making decisions at Charlton. Someone clearly is, given the invitation to Mark Marshall to leave.

Perhaps the tea lady is making the decisions and starting the rumours.

Another rumour links Patrick Bauer with a move to Blackburn.

Friday, 1 June 2018

Former Charlton player is new Grecians boss

One time Charlton captain Matt Taylor has been appointed manager of Exeter City after the departure of Paul Tisdale after twelve years in charge at St. James's Park. Taylor is also a former Grecians player.

Taylor signed a two-year contract for Charlton on 1 July 2011, moving on a free transfer from Exeter City. In August 2011 he was appointed vice-captain by manager Chris Powell. He quickly established himself in the centre of defence alongside Michael Morrison, and scored his first goal for the club in an FA Cup 4–0 away win at FC Halifax, in November 2011. He was released by Charlton at the end of the 2012–13 season.

Farewell, then, Mark Marshall

Mark Marshall has a year left to run on his contract, but has been told he can leave if he can find another club in the summer: Summer exit available

It's clear that Lee Boywer didn't rate him.

Thursday, 31 May 2018

League Two clubs swoop for Ahearne-Grant

Crawley wanted to extend Karlan Ahearne-Grant's loan spell after his success in hitting the back of the net with them, while other League Two clubs are interested: Charlton attacker

However, whoever is minding the shop at Charlton says that the Addicks do not want to let him go over the summer.

Poyet: how I was treated by Roland

Rebuilding his career in Cyprus, Diego Poyet recalls how he was treated by Roland when he left Charlton: Getting back on track

Despite his success on the pitch, Charlton were slow to try to tie down the out-of-contract Poyet to a new deal, making him wonder about his worth at a club where he had grown up: 'After about three or four weeks they contacted me and I wasn't really pleased with the offer they gave me. I'd been at the club six or seven years and had a close relationship with a lot of the players and the offer made me feel under-appreciated, considering how long I'd been at the club and I'd just won player of the year.'

Poyet continued: 'There was a discussion where they weren't going to make another offer. I was a free agent and I told them to forget about it and I wasn't going to turn up to pre-season, I was going to look for another option. That is how I ended up leaving a club that I had a lot of admiration and love for. I spent a lot of time there. It was my hometown as well and I ended up leaving in a way where most people don't know the truth.'

'The contract was offered, I said I wasn't happy with it and then they started throwing in things like a loan move to Standard Liege and this and that. I wondered if they wanted me at Charlton why they would offer for me to go out on loan somewhere. It ended in not a nice way but it is what it is and I'm sure it's happened to a lot of players.'

Palace threatened with being struck off

Companies House has gazetted a notice threatening to strike Crystal Palace off the register of companies. This is because CPFC Ltd. has not submitted its 2016/17 accounts, the only Premier League club to fail to do so.

Last year Palace moved its registers to the third floor of an address in Altrincham on the outskirts of Manchester.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Charles-Cook signs for Gills

Midfielder Regan Charles-Cook has turned down a one year contract offer at Charlton and signed for two years with Gillingham: Gills signing

Charles-Cook has had successful loan spells in the National League.

On signing for the Gills Regan said: 'I felt it was time to move on having been with Charlton for a while, they’ve been good to me and it’s been my home.'

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Nigellas disappointed

Charlton's women's team have secured a place in the new look Championship alongside Manchester United, but Crystal Palace have been turned down: Huge disappointment

Razzell condemns Duchatelet

Bexleyheath fan and Charlton Athletic Supporters Trust founder Barnie Razzell has condemned Roland Duchatelet's stewardship at The Valley in no uncertain terms: Damning verdict

Razzell says that it was 'the current owner’s own arrogance that brought about his abject failure.'

One good point he makes is that the network model worked well at Watford, it was Duchatelet's incompetence that led to its failure at Charlton.M/p>

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Fans stopped Charlton getting to Premier League

The failure of fans to get on side stopped Charlton winning promotion to the Premier League, claims Roland Duchatelet: I would have taken Charlton to top flight

Duchatelet seems to be blaming disgruntled ex-employees again whom he considered formed the core of protests in Belgium. They lost free entry to games and as a consequence, 'Some of those people were nasty and lied about many things.'

It will be interesting to see whether there is any response to this narrative from the Ramsgate direction.

Initial responses from fans on social media include 'The only place he would have taken us is League Two' and 'What utter bollocks, the man is batshit crazy, delusional and a total clown. You know where the door is, jog on.'

Blogger Hungry Ted tweeted, 'If you showed or demonstrated any semblance of ambition, desire and passion and an understanding of what Charlton means to fans on the pitch and within the community we’d have been right behind you.'

Another fan tweeted, 'Even if we remove all the emotion and focus only on the logic, none of the evidence supports Duchatelet’s rhetoric. Even if we forgive the early fundamental errors. He’s had FOUR YEARS to turn it round. We are playing a division lower with little sign of improvement.'

Will ye no come back again?

Steve Brown has said that new owners will have a big job on their hands rebuilding trust between the club and the fans and that is borne out by some comments made by formerly loyal fans.

Many fans have been following non-league football (Bromley, Dulwich Hamlet, Welling among others). I think that I have enjoyed my non-league football more this season, even if there is quite a lot of hoof ball. Admittedly, I can walk out of my house, cross the road and get a minibus to the ground (ok we have to stop at various pubs en route). Beats the two and a half hour trip to The Valley.

Others have found new things to do on a Saturday afternoon. In some cases people they came with have moved away or passed on.

The author of the Drinking During the Game blog has said that the current regime has severed his emotional bond with the club. He wrote that this bond 'has had me following the club loyally home and away since 1977. Perhaps it will never be the same again even after I return.'

One fan commented, 'In the near on fifty years (40 years as a s/t holder) I have been watching Charlton I have seen some poor teams. I also followed the club to that soulless ground called Selhurst Park as well as Upton Park. There were some dark days in that time especially when we were wound up in 1984. However there have been a lot of good times and I could always identify with Charlton as my team, the one supported by my father and grandfather. RD took the identity away and I was so angry and depressed with the situation at The Valley that I did not renew my season ticket in 2016 or last season.'

What we need to do is to attract a new group of younger supporters. The way to do that is to provide attractive, exciting football.

Friday, 25 May 2018

He'll never let you down

Charlton legend Steve Brown says that the new owners will have a big task in rebuilding trust with fans. The club has been a rudderless ship for what seems like an eternity: What new owners need to do

The greatest game

It is difficult to believe that it is twenty years since the greatest game against Sunderland, but the Telegraph looks back at the match: Classic final

Mark Bright, who is interviewed, says that many games are described as 'incredible', but that one really was. The players were so drained after giving their all that the evening celebration went flat.

Steve Sutherland gives his memories of the day here: Wembley's greatest match

Muir returns down under

Andrew Muir is flying back to Australia today and not returning for two weeks. While there would just be time for him to hold a press conference today, the fortnight break should allow the EFL sufficient time to complete their scrutiny of the deal: Return to Oz

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Player ratings for the season

Louis Mendez give his player ratings for the season. No surprise that Ben Amos gets an A+ and Ben Reeves does less well: Who were the big success stories?

Former directors blocked leasing deal

Three out of seven former Charlton directors, whose consent was needed, refused to agree to a proposal by Roland Duchatelet to lease The Valley to the new owners: Takeover update

The price for the takeover is said to be £35m, somewhat less than the £40m previously mooted.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Main man at the training ground

Main man Gerard Murphy was at the training ground yesterday meeting people reports VOTV editor Rick Everitt.

Now that the Sunderland takeover has gone through, the EFL can turn their attention to Charlton.

Sunderland look like having a big budget in League One and will be serious promotion rivals.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Good information about the takeover

The Jimmy Seed blog, written by the legendary manager's grandson James Dutton, has a very informative post about the Australian takeover which seems to be reliably sourced: Takeover

One encouraging point is that Roland doesn't intend to hold on to any of the assets. There will be no question of leasing or tenancies.

The aim is to get into the Premier League in five years. A million pounds has been spent already on the takeover process.

It is not intended to use the club as a showcase for Australian talent.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Takeover at the fit and proper persons stage

Richard Cawley has tweeted that the takeover of Charlton by Andrew Muir is at the fit and proper persons stage. He states, 'I'd been asking question earlier this week about how long that can take, and the answer is no definitive timescale. EFL can ask other authorities to get involved if they have any concerns or things which need greater scrutiny.'

Whether Skippy the Kangaroo is a fit and proper person to be a mascot might be one issue.

Charlton's amazing production line

I have only just come across this article about the Academy, but apparently we are ranked seventh nationally along with the Premier League big boys: Amazing production line

It's a shame that we can't retain some of the stars we produce for longer or get better prices for them.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Australians set up new company

VOTV editor Rick Everitt has reported that 'A new UK company Echidna Acquisitions registered by Gerard Murphy on April 30th with the Australian Football Consortium as shareholder. Obvious vehicle to acquire Charlton.' An echidna is a spiny anteater.

The online filing is here: Filing

Monday, 14 May 2018

Pearce wants takeover sorted

Jason Pearce wants the Charlton takeover sorted quickly (don't we all?) and has urged the club to sign quality and experienced players: Action needed

This takeover saga is taking longer than it took the Shrewsbury keeper to take a goal kick.

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Bowyer would stay on as manager

Lee Bowyer has said that he would stay on at The Valley, but only as manager. He would not revert to a coaching role: Wants to be manager

Aussie Gerard Murphy was at Shrewsbury, but Andrew Muir was not there.

One chapter closes, another opens

Charlton's play off dream ended with a 1-0 defeat at Shrewsbury Town this afternoon, making it 2-0 on aggregate. Lee Bowyer has improved the performance of the team, but the squad as a whole was not good enough to secure promotion. However, it does look as if a takeover of the club by the Australian consortium will happen soon, opening a new chapter in the club's history.

Shrewsbury were well organised and once again very physical with Charlton getting little protection from the referee. They defended well and Charlton did not have enough guile or offensive power to unlock them. The 16 point gap between the two teams in the final table told its own story.

On eleven minutes Amos had to dive to the right to save from former Leamington ace Alex Rodman. Shrewsbury were not allowing any flow to the game. Magennis fired over the bar. As the half hour approached, Ajose was denied by Henderson and a Shrews defender.

Charlton had a good penalty claim for handball, but the referee took no action. On 44 minutes Amos had to save from Rodman.

Ten minutes into the second half Shrewsbury stepped up the pressure and then scored through Carlton Morris. He should have been sent off in the first half for elbowing Bauer.

Shrewsbury could fold if Charlton score

Nicky Ajose reckons that Shrewsbury could fold if Charlton score in today's match: Play off decider

Well, maybe. But one of Charlton's key problems is that they lack a proven goal scorer.

Odds for the match: Shrewsbury 7/5, Draw 2/1, Charlton 9/4.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Leipzig want to sign Lookman

Ademola Lookman scored his fifth goal in eleven games for RB Leipzig yesterday in the Bundesliga and the club want to sign him permanently: Success

Given that Sam Allardyce thinks he isn't good enough to play for Everton, he might as well seize the chance.

Friday, 11 May 2018

Nearly there?

VOTV editor Rick Everitt reports on the presence of the likely next chairman and chief executive at Charlton last night. The Australians broke cover from the bush and sat at the front of the directors' box: Breaking cover

Roland has got his retaliation in first by inserting a clause in the sale agreement which bans Peter Varney and other senior former employees from taking any role on the non-footballing side at The Valley. This clause would cover Ramsgate based fanzine editor Everitt who receive an eleventh hour settlement after his dismissal just as an employment tribunal was about to convene.

Valley to be leased?

The Belgium Twenty are tweeting, 'The Valley will be leased out by Roland to the Aussies! They aren’t willing to pay full price! If true this is very disappointing!. Also the training facility’s will be leased and a 10% of all youth sales will go to Roland until the full £40m is paid. If this is true (have no reason to doubt it) then it is very disappointing.'

They comment, 'Roland did similar at Standard and also STVV he still has financial connections to these clubs! Think of it as his long-term pension i guess! Roland has won! Bought a club ran it into the ground and made a tidy long-term profit!'

There is no independent confirmation of these reports.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

No Ascension for Charlton

There was no Ascension Day promotion boost for Charlton after they went down 0-1 at home to Shrewsbury Town in the first leg of the play off semi-finals. It is, of course, only 'half time' and the Shrews lead is not invincible, but turning it around away from home will be a challenge.

The Addicks had a number of chances in the first twenty minutes with the ball going very close to the post a couple of times. In the second half Shrewsbury, who had a very physical approach, started to dominate and eventually scored.

The midfield did not seem to be contributing as they should for much of the match. Reeves did not have a particularly good game and was eventually substituted. Lee Bowyer thought that Charlton took too many touches at times and created their own problems.

Within the first five minutes, Josh Magennis sent a header wide for the hosts and Jake Forster-Caskey forced a fingertip save from Town keeper Dean Henderson. Bryn Morris' shot was well saved by Ben Amos at the other end, while the visitors appealed in vain for a penalty when Charlton captain Jason Pearce appeared to play the ball with his arm under pressure from a Town attacker.

Jon Nolan's 20-yard half-volley put the visitors ahead. Midfielder Nolan struck into the top corner 10 minutes before the end of the first leg, converting from substitute Stefan Payne's knockdown. Nicky Ajose almost levelled within a couple of minutes, but his acrobatic effort flew just over the crossbar.

Australian Andrew Muir was seen in the ground being shown round by Paul Elliott. There has been speculation that contracts for the purchase of the club may be signed today, although not exchanged.

The attendance of 14,367 was disappointing and perhaps shows how big a job there is to be done in rebuilding trust between the club and fans. The Covered End was almost sold out, but there were big gaps elsewhere.

Bowyer called for more professionalism

Lee Bowyer says that Charlton players were playing as individuals before he took charge and he has instilled more professionalism: Reviving promotion hopes

One player told a fan at the POTY dinner that Karl Robinson tended to over complicate things while Bowyer kept things simple.

Odds for tonight: Charlton 23/20, Draw 2/1, Shrewsbury 12/5.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Shrews boss not bothered by underdog staus

Shrewsbury Town supremo Paul Hurst is not worried by their underdog status in the play off clash with Charlton. The bookies are giving Shrewsbury the longest odds for promotion with Rotherham being the favourites: Underdogs

Defender Omar Beckles gives it large, reckoning that a rivalry is building between Charlton and Shrewsbury: Rivalry

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Fosu back in training

Tariqe Fosu is back in training after a hamstring injury and could be available for the bench on Thursday: Injury boost

As he has the ability to change games, this is good news.

Monday, 7 May 2018

Jackson thinks Shrews will be tough opponents

Johnnie Jackson is expecting tough play off semi-final clashes with Shrewsbury Town: Desperate to get to Wembley

Jackson admits that knowing scorelines elsewhere meant that Charlton could take their foot off the gas at Rochdale. 'We never had to go full throttle,' he said: Relaxed during defeat

Jackson dreams of making his 500th Charlton appearance at Wembley. He says that his role as assistant manager to Lee Bowyer has been 'full on': Dreaming of milestone

Saturday, 5 May 2018

On to the play offs

Charlton lost 1-0 at Rochdale this evening, but Plymouth's 5-2 defeat at Gillingham mean that the Addicks go into the play offs, facing Shrewsbury Town at home at The Valley on Thursday. Rochdale's win means that they escape relegation with Oldham Athletic ending their long sojourn in League One.

It looked as if Dale had gone ahead on six minutes. Aribo gave away a free kick on the edge of the box. Amos saved, but Henderson had the goal at his mercy from the rebound. However, he hit the post.

Rochdale eventually went ahead on 69 minutes, cancer survivor Thompson scoring from the edge of the box.

Jackson came on for a late cameo in front of the 1,161 Charlton fans who had made the journey.

Rochdale boss 'relaxed and ready'

Rochdale boss Keith Hill is 'relaxed and ready' for tonight's vital encounter with Charlton at the Crown Oil Arena (aka Spotland): Preview

Hill admitted, 'I think three points is a must. It’s going to be difficult against a good Charlton Athletic side who are play-off contenders, but it’s something we must do. We’ve got to find that winning performance from the players, both individually and collectively. They’ve got to support each other psychologically – physically they’re fit enough –and they’ve got to go for it.'

Hill praised the progress the Addicks have made under Lee Bowyer: 'They’re a good side. They were a good side under Karl Robinson but they’ve taken it up a level since Lee Bowyer took over, and I think they’ve done absolutely superb. They’re playing in the spirit that he played in as a player. They’re a massive club in League One and have very good players.'

The last three matches at this level between the two teams at Spotland have seen wins for both sides and a draw. (2-0, 2-3, 3-3).

Odds are: Rochdale 11/10, Draw 5/2, Charlton 9/4.

CAS Trust cite Rochdale's most famous export, Gracie Fields, in their preview: Now is the Hour

Friday, 4 May 2018

Bowyer gives players confidence

Johnnie Jackson reckons that Lee Bowyer has given Charlton's players additional confidence. The back four have also been immense: Secret of Bowyer's success

Jackson admits that he and Bowyer are kept out of the loop on the prospective takeover.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Bowyer to make changes on Saturday

Lee Bowyer is to make changes to the Charlton team for Saturday's match at Rochdale as he wants a fresh squad for the play offs. Joe Aribo will start: Ready to make changes

Plymouth meanwhile are pinning their hopes on a tie breaker play off on Monday between Argyle and Charlton which is being planned by the Football League. This would need a 2-0 win by the Pilgrims at Gillingham and a 4-0 defeat for Charlton at Rochdale: Dramatic play off tie breaker

Sale of club to wait on promotion

The sale of Charlton will not be completed until it is decided which division the Addicks will be playing in next season. Roland will increase the price if they make it to the Championship: Sale delayed

Two interested parties remain in play, including the Australian consortium.

Lee Bowyer beats Jimmy Seed record

Lee Bowyer is Charlton's most successful manager after 10 games, beating a record established by Jimmy Seed in 1933: Record breaker

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Play off place almost certain

Plymouth manager Derek Adams didn't join the lap of honour at Home Park last Saturday because he thought he would save it for the play offs. If he likes, he can jog round an empty stadium tomorrow when the Pilgrims return from their defeat at Scunthorpe.

Even if Charlton lose at Rochdale in the match to be televised by Sky and Plymouth beat Gillingham (quite likely), goal difference is such that the Addicks are likely to secure a play off place.

Given that Scunthorpe have a home match against Bradford on Saturday, they are likely to finish 5th so Charlton will play Shrewsbury in the play offs.

The Bowyer bounce

Richard Cawley of the SLP assesses the 'Bowyer bounce'. He reckons that one of the big advantages that Charlton have is solidity and their main failing is that they do not create enough chances. However, they are showing finishing power in the play off race: Bowyer bounce

Monday, 30 April 2018

Marshall hopes for better play off fortune

Mark Marshall made a significant contribution on Saturday, particularly in the first half, with a number of decisive interventions. In part this may reflect the additional sessions he put in with a fitness coach after being dropped from the team.

Marshall has seen the team he played for beaten by Millwall in three previous play off encounters and is hoping it will be a case of fourth time lucky: Ending play off misery

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Koala bear rumour

Two sources (not the Rickster) told me yesterday that four Australians were in the ground. They were not in the directors' box, but incognito (possibly in East Stand box, but this has not been verified).

It was also suggested that the takeover might go through this week. We have had so many false alarms that I don't want to hold out any hope and the mood is much better anyway, as shown by the attendance and the passion of the crowd who kept up a wall of noise.

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Passion and commitment see Charlton through

A determined Charlton beat Blackburn 1-0 at The Valley this afternoon to keep their bid for a play off place on track. Plymouth play at Scunthorpe on Tuesday and are then away to Gillingham on Saturday. If they lose at Scunthorpe, a draw at Rochdale would be enough (even a defeat might see Charlton advance on goal difference).

This was a passionate and committed performance from Bowyer's boys in which everyone put in a shift. This was my first visit to The Valley since my illness and Bowyer (and Johnnie Jackson) have them playing to a far higher standard than was achieved under 'Gobby'.

The visitors took their time to get going and Charlton went ahead in the first half through Jason Pearce. The Addicks were in charge up to the break with Mark Marshall contributing some good defensive work and some other neat moves. After the break Blackburn stepped up a gear and Charlton were under the cosh at times, but they held up under the pressure even in seven minutes added on. This was largely due to an injury to the unfortunate Lewis Page who had to be stretchered off.

Blackburn were rather physical, often resorting to a trip to halt an advancing player, but the referee stood for no nonsense, appropriately awarding free kicks and a number of yellow cards.

Charlie Mulgrew placed a 12th-minute free-kick well wide of the target, but it was the Addicks who got their noses in front seven minutes later. Ahmed Kashi drilled in a shot from just outside the area which took a huge deflection off Pearce on its way past Rovers goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler for what proved to be the only goal of the game.

Ben Amos had to be alert at the other end to tip behind Mulgrew's corner which appeared to be heading into the net.

Richie Smallwood burst through just after the break and was denied by Amos before Mark Marshall scrambled the danger clear, with Mulgrew heading agonisingly wide from the resulting corner.

Amos was called into action again twice in the space of a minute to keep out Jack Payne on both occasions as Blackburn continued their bright start to the second half. Amos was named man of the match by the Football League Paper. One of the challenges in the summer will be to replace him.

Pearce made a crucial block from substitute Danny Graham's shot and - from the corner which followed - Dominic Samuel saw his 78th-minute header cannon back off the crossbar.

Amos was a busy man and made another fine stop from Samuel, pushing away his 82nd-minute shot.

But despite Rovers' dominance, it was Charlton who almost grabbed a second when a counter attack ended with Leutwiler producing a super save from Jake Forster-Caskey's goal-bound strike.

After the game, there was a parade of players and Johnnie Jackson addressed the crowd, thanking the many managers who has served under, but making a special mention of Sir Chris Powell.

A thought for the 85 year old fan who attended his last game at The Valley today. He can no longer manage the journey from Peterborough. If I manage the journey from Leamington until I am 85, I will be doing well. He first saw Charlton play in the 1944 wartime cup final (which we won).

The train back from Marylebone was full of rowdy Blews after their defeat at QPR, but the British Transport Police were on the train.

Blackburn to rest key players

Blackburn Rovers are to rest some key players for this afternoon's encounter with Charlton. They have now secured promotion and in the last few weeks have had to play some 'walking wounded' who now need to be rested: Key players rested

Friday, 27 April 2018

Blackburn decided our fate 60 years ago

Charlton need to beat Blackburn tomorrow to maintain their play off hopes, but sixty years ago today they prevented the Addicks from returning to the first division at the first opportunity following relegation. If a 3-4 defeat had been 4-4, Charlton would have gone up. They stayed down and that shaped the fate of the club for the next thirty years.

Some older hands thought there was something odd about the way that game went, but you can read an account of it hee: AS Trust

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Johnnie Jackson could be future Charlton manager

Jordan Cousins reckons that Johnnie Jackson has what it takes to be a future Charlton manager and will benefit from sitting behind Lee Bowyer: Jackson's credentials

I liked the reference to 'incoming owners'. They seem to have 'gone bush'. It's over a year since we first heard about Australian interest in Charlton.

Cousins is certainly doing a good job of promoting his summer soccer camp in Greenwich.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Jordan Cousins would like to come back one day

Former Addick and QPR player Jordan Cousins would like to come back to The Valley in some capacity later in his career. He grew up in a house five minutes from The Valley and is holding his summer soccer camp in Greenwich: Wants Valley return

Home truths at The Valley

Richard Cawley of the SLP reports: 'Josh Magennis has refused to go into detail about the “home truths” dished out by Lee Bowyer when he took caretaker charge of Charlton Athletic. The underperforming Addicks looked big outsiders to secure a League One play-off spot when boss Karl Robinson quit for Oxford last month. But Charlton have taken 16 points from Bowyer’s eight games in charge and are fifth in the table after Saturday’s edgy 1-0 victory at Portsmouth.

Magennis found himself out of the starting line-up until the last two matches but scored in a 2-0 win at Shrewsbury a week ago as well as providing the assist for Nicky Ajose’s goal at Fratton Park. 'The best thing with Bow is how brutally honest he is,” said the Northern Ireland international. “He tells you how it is. There were a few home truths when the gaffer left and he said he needed to change it up.'

'Some things are meant to be kept in-house. We’re all adults and if you can’t take a bit of criticism then you’re in the wrong game. I’ve got a great amount of respect for everybody, it needs to be kept behind closed doors.'

'Being out wasn’t nice but the biggest agenda isn’t whether I play 90 minutes – the main aim is promotion. We know that Wembley is well within our grasp. There is so much at stake for everybody and we have a genuine chance of getting there, not many people get to say that.'

Charlton definitely have more steel since Bowyer’s appointment on a temporary basis until the end of the campaign. 'We have got very gifted players but sometimes ability isn’t enough,” said Magennis. 'You have to be ready to go to war. Charlton are a big scalp. Charlton is a massive team – you can see that with our travelling support and at The Valley. Bow expects high intensity. That’s how he was as a player – in people’s faces – and he doesn’t expect any less now. Coming off wrecked is a bare minimum.'

I have reproduced the article in full rather than providing a link as the SLP site is responding slowly after recent problems.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Vital win for Charlton

Charlton beat Portsmouth 1-0 at Fratton Park this afternoon through a Nicky Ajose first half goal in front of 2,448 away supporters who were in fine voice, his first goal for the Addicks since 2016. Play off rivals Plymouth Argyle lost at Northampton.

On 16 minutes Ajose did good work down the left and turned provider for Magennis, but it was just taken off his toes. Four minutes later a Forster-Caskey shot was deflected wide. From the corner a Forster-Caskey shot was scrambled off the line.

Charlton were clearly the better side. They were winning possession and broke forward a number of times. They just needed better decision-making in the final third.

A Fosu volley went wide. The home fans were getting frustrated, On 33 minutes Pompey had their first shot on goal, but it was well wide.

On 40 minutes Ajose made it 1-0. He took advantage of a Magennis flick, the keeper came out and Ajose slotted past him.

Pompey came out strongly in the second half and won a series of corners. Charlton had to dig in, but stood up to the test with Amos in command of his goal. Fosu had to be withdrawn on 57 minutes with a hamstring problem and DaSilva came on for his 50th Charlton appearance. One minute later Reeves hit the post with a volley.

On 60 minutes a great Konsa tackle prevented a Pompey goal. Page was injured and was replaced by Marshall. An Ajose effort on 71 minutes was blocked. A Forster-Caskey shot was deflected on 76 minutes for a Charlton corner

On 80 minutes Amos made a good save in a crowded box. Six minutes were added on, extended to seven, but Marshall won a late free kick by their goal.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

To the Londoners 2-0

Charlton were back in the play off places tonight after an unanticipated 2-0 win at promotion chasing Shrewsbury Town. The result leaves Paul Hurst's Shrewsbury five points adrift of the automatic promotion places with four games remaining.

Chances were in short supply at either end in a goalless first half, with Ben Godfrey firing a shot from outside the penalty area off target for Shrewsbury. Then Aristote Nsiala headed a Shaun Whalley free-kick wide as the hosts pushed for a breakthrough.

Charlton were first to threaten in the second half when Jake Forster-Caskey's corner was headed over by Magennis. Shrewsbury quickly surged forward and substitute Abo Eisa's cross-shot was pushed away by goalkeeper Ben Amos.

Tarique Fosu's well-struck shot for Charlton was tipped over by Dean Henderson before visiting skipper Pearce headed a Forster-Caskey corner just wide. But Pearce was more accurate when another chance presented itself in the 74th minute, heading in a Forster-Caskey free-kick from the left from close range to break the deadlock. The Addicks doubled their advantage deep into stoppage time when Magennis lifted the ball home following a sliced clearance from Henderson.

There is now everything to play for in a massive game at Fratton Park on Saturday.

Solly out for rest of season

Chris Solly is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. He will undergo keyhole surgery later this week: Chris Solly

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Top six finish still on says Bowyer

Lee Bowyer reckons that a top six finish for Charlton is still on: they could beat Shrewsbury, Portsmouth and Blackburn: Bold promotion claim

There is something to be said for being positive, but each of these teams is a formidable opponent and Charlton haven't really looked up for it.

Bowyer reckons that the boos at the end of yesterday's game were directed at the referee.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Down the Football League we go

Charlton fell back to 8th in League One after a 0-1 defeat by Scunthorpe this afternoon. This was the position I forecast at the beginning of the season.

Ivan Toney struck the only goal of the game as Scunthorpe moved into the League One play-off zone. The 1-0 win lifted the Iron up to fifth spot in the table, two points ahead of the lacklustre Addicks.

The game sprung into life in the 20th minute with a save at either end, Ben Amos first denying Hakeeb Adelakun and then Iron goalkeeper Matt Gilks thwarting Nicky Ajose moments later.

Scunthorpe made the breakthrough in the 31st minute when Adelakun beat the offside trap and burst clear on the right, squaring a low ball into the danger zone for Toney to tap home from six yards. Josh Morris blazed a stoppage time free-kick over the crossbar from just outside the box as Scunthorpe finished the first half strongly.

Toney produced a super save from Amos five minutes after the restart when meeting Rory McArdle's free-kick and unleashing a powerful volley which the Charlton keeper did well to tip over. Jake Forster-Caskey glanced a header wide and Ajose saw a curling effort fly just over as Charlton finally began to ask some questions.

Adelakun was only denied by a crucial block from Patrick Bauer and once more in the 71st minute when Amos had to save his goalbound attempt. There were late penalty appeals from the hosts as Ajose and Bauer both claimed to have been pulled back in the box within the space of 60 seconds. But both were ignored by referee Graham Salisbury and even though Ben Reeves and Tariqe Fosu went close at the death, in the end this was a far more comfortable victory than the scoreline suggests.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Scunthorpe will be worried says Bowyer

Scunthorpe will be worried about playing at The Valley tomorrow given Charlton's home record says Lee Bowyer: Must win game

The Iron have been on a dreadful run, winning just one game in the last fifteen: Massive game

However, one fan has observed that new manager bounces don't last that long and teams revert to the mean with the Charlton squad being just not good enough.

The CAS Trust Preview thinks that a draw looks likely which would mean that we would be out of the top six when we face Shrewsbury on Tuesday: Tariqe the key

Forster-Caskey's rallying call

Jake Forster-Caskey is thriving in a new deep lying midfield role and has issued a rallying call to fans for tomorrow's key match with Scunthorpe: Stick with players

The last Voice of the Valley of the season will be on sale before the game. There has been a range of issues for the usual suspects to get their vinegar stained teeth into. As always, if you order by 3 p.m. today a copy of the latest issue can be sent to your home to arrive on Saturday morning (we have just heard that the linotype machine has broken, so postal copies will not arrive until Monday at the earliest): Order a copy

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Disappointment for Charlton

Charlton went down 1-0 to AFC Wimbledon tonight. Although they remain in 6th place, it was a missed opportunity to use their game in hand to consolidate their hold on a play off place.

The Addicks lacked a cutting edge with Zyro disappointing up front. The closest Charlton came was when they hit the post following a corner on 72 minutes.

The Wimbledon goal came right at the end of the second half through Taylor when Bauer slipped in possession. The home side then dug in defensively in the second half. Charlton used all their substitutes (Magennis, Marshall, Ajose) to no avail.

745 Addicks witnessed Lee Bowyer's first defeat as manager.

Lee Bowyer has said that he was not happy with Zyro's performance and has told him so: Critical of forward

A crucial game

Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley has called on the club's supporters to rally behind them at the Cherry Red Records Stadium tonight: 'We are going to play against a very good team on Tuesday and we are going to need all the help we can get. They are a different team to the one we beat in the cup. They've had a lot of turnaround, obviously the manager has come in, and they are playing a different formation. Their last four games have reflected that. I've watched their games and they've been very good.'

Wimbledon are currently one point above the relegation zone and sixth from bottom in the form table (Charlton are 7th). They have won seven games, drawn four and lost eight at home.

The Times gave Charlton a 16 per cent chance of promotion last Saturday. To improve that figure we need to win our game in hand tonight.

Neal Ardley has told Richard Cawley that Charlton are a bigger attacking threat under Lee Bowyer: Attacking threat

Monday, 9 April 2018

Amos praises Bowyer's philosophy

Ben Amos has given Lee Bowyer the credit for Charlton's revival: Bowyer deserves plaudits

I think he’s brought his own philosophy,” said the stopper. 'He’s gone two up top for large parts. He’s kept it quite simple, not over complicated anything.'

For me Bowyer has a clear vision of what he wants to do and how he wants to do it.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Addicks remain in play off places

Charlton remained in the play off places after they continued their unbeaten run with a 1-1 draw at Bristol Rovers this afternoon. 927 Addicks were present.

On seven minutes the keeper fumbled an Ajose shot, leading to a Charlton corner. On 11 minutes Amos had to dive to his right to make a great save from Harrison's low drive.

The Gas went ahead on 21 minutes. Pearce headed back to Amos and Bennett pounced on the loose ball.

On the half hour a curling shot from Ajose was tipped over the bar. Aribo headed the corner just wide. Ben Reeves equalised for the Addicks on 45 minutes, his shot taking a deflection.

On 53 minutes Reeves tried from distance, but Slocombe kept the ball out with a diving save. Zyro was over from a tight angle on 64 minutes. Ajose was replaced by Mavididi on 64 minutes.

On 68 minutes Page put in a great cross, but Zyro couldn't connect. On 84 minutes two Charlton efforts were cleared off the line. A late Rovers corner in the last minute of time added on caused a scare, but the ball went over.

The report from Louis Mendez can be found here: West Country point

Friday, 6 April 2018

Gas playing for their future

With the play offs now out of reach, players at Bristol Rovers have to play for their future at the club: Everyone has to play for their future

The players have been kicking lumps out of each other in training which hasn't pleased supremo Darrell Clarke too much given his injury worries. But he has promised home fans that his players 'will put on a performance' tomorrow against Charlton.

The man in the middle will be Robert Lewis. He was the referee who had to be stretchered off after clattering into Josh Magennis.

Can Lee Bowyer emulate Chris Powell and achieve four straight wins in his spell as manager? Bristol Rovers will be no pushovers, despite having one of the worst defensive records in League One: CAST preview

Odds: Bristol Rovers, 9/5; Draw, 21/10; Charlton, 13/8.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Ajose is loving life under Bowyer

Nicky Ajose says that he never wanted to go out on loan from Charlton. He is loving life under Lee Bowyer. Not surprising, as he had just five starts in sixteen months under Karl Robinson, and has had almost as many under Bowyer: Ajose interview

Fosu out for two weeks

Tariqe Fosu will be out for two weeks with a groin injury, but Ahmed Kashi is returning. Lee Bowyer is in confident mood and considers that he has 'a good squad of players'. One might add that he knows how to motivate and organise them: Injury news

Boss Bowyer reckons that Joe Aribo is a great player and will be capable of playing at a higher level. Bowyer has been working with him for over a year: Joe Aribo

Bowyer has thanked Roland for trusting him to act as caretaker manager until the end of the season: Thanks Roland

Bowyer said: 'The biggest thing for me is the way the players are competing and working hard as a team and showing a togetherness.'

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Successful duo to stay on until end of season

Lee Bowyer and Johnnie Jackson are to stay in charge of Charlton until the end of the season. This has been made a condition of sale of the club and is a very welcome decision.

It does, however, imply that the sale of the club is not as close as had been thought.

Some puzzles in parent company results

Baton Ltd., the parent company of Charlton Athletic, have published their results online through Companies House. By and large they are the same as for the club, but Kieran Maguire of the Price of Football notes: 'Sold players (Lookman etc) at a profit of £16.2 million in 2016/17, but only received £405,000 in cash. Could have sold on credit, but debtors are only £3.7 million. This begs the question "What has happened to the other £12 million"?'

He also notes, 'CEO Katrin Miere’s salary included in "Key management compensation" total of £966k. This figure rose 15 per cent in year compared to overall wage fall of 21 per cent.'

Rick Everitt has pointed out that compensation to Russell Slade is included in this figure. He was paid more than other coaches hired by Roland.

EFL's star of the day

That was the accolade given to Joe Aribo and Louis Mendez has interviewed him. He says that Lee Bowyer is helping him to get goals: Charlton's fine form

Charlton made the second highest level of payments to agents and intermediaries between February 2017 and January 2018, £425,466 (Blackburn Rovers paid out £764k). Money well spent, Katrien?

Charlton Athletic Holdings Ltd. has now submitted its annual report to Companies House. This has been done under the small companies regime, so the information provided is limited. It defines itself as a property investment company and the land on which the Valley stands together with that at Sparrows Lane is valued at £11.7m.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Pardew may be the worst manager in West Brom's history

Alan Pardew may be the one of the worst, if not the worst, manager in the history of West Bromwich Albion reckons local paper Express and Star: One of the worst

This is a man who cannot even keep hold of his own jacket. Yet last evening he was being lauded on Radio 5 as a 'successful manager'. It is interesting that his time at Charlton is never mentioned in these appraisals.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Charlton back in play off places

Charlton are back in the play off places after Lee Bowyer's side recorded a convincing 3-1 win over Rotherham United at The Valley this afternoon.

The Millers almost led through their first attack in the opening minute when Will Vaulks struck the crossbar from the edge of the area when Joe Newell's cut-back was deflected into his path.

After Tariqe Fosu then fired over from a free-kick from similar range, both teams struggled to create until Zyro was gifted the 28th-minute chance from which he scored. Under an aimless long ball and despite little pressure, Josh Emmanuel clumsily headed possession into the forward's path where, from 20 yards, Zyro controlled with his left foot before shooting with his right beyond goalkeeper Marek Rodak and into the bottom-left corner.

Charlton's second came in the 54th minute when Jake Forster-Caskey curled towards Aribo from a left-wing free-kick, and the unchallenged midfielder nodded inside the right post from in front of goal.

Victory was then put beyond doubt in the 65th minute when Aribo played a one-two with Nicky Ajose from just inside of Rotherham's half before racing clear and powerfully scoring the ninth goal of Bowyer's reign in off the crossbar.

Paul Warne's team responded 12 minutes later through Richard Wood's untidy, close-range finish from a rebound, but it was only a consolation.

Report from Louis Mendez here: Bowyer's buoyant start continues

Sunday, 1 April 2018

£57m owed to Roland's company

The 2016-17 accounts for Charlton Athletic have now been published and may be viewed online on the Companies House website. They show that £57.7m was owed to the parent company, Staprix NV. Rick Everitt suggests that the current figure may be nearer £70m. £695k was paid on interest on these loans in the financial year.

Turnover fell from £12.1m to £7.6m. The largest item was matchday income, but this was down from £4.8m to £3.2m. The report notes, 'The 33% decrease on prior year arises to the decrease in attendances from the 15/16 season following relegation from the Championship and some continued fan discontent leading to reduced purchases at The Valley on matchdays.'

Central distributions from the Premier League and the English Football League fell by 64 per cent as a result of relegation from the Championship. There was a one off £0.2m parachute payment. Commercial income decline by 2 per cent to £1.3m.

Staff costs fell from £14.0m to £11.1m. This was not far short of 150 per cent of turnover, a worryingly high ratio.

There was a profit on player sales of £16.2m which it is admitted is unlikely to be repeated for a long time.

VOTV editor Rick Everitt commented, '[The] accounts confirm that Duchatelet and Meire had halved income from spectators three years after taking over. Turnover lowest since 1998, all-time record operating loss of £14.3m while paying same wages as 2014 to finish 13th in L1.' He considers that it represents an abysmal trading record with poor cost controls.

Ahearne-Grant praises Kewell

Karlan Ahearne-Grant has told the Football League Paper that his career-best form is down to one man - Harry Kewell. Ahearne-Grant has scored eight goals in nine games heading into the Easter weekend.

'Harry's a huge inspiration,' said Ahearne-Grant. 'He's a big character too. He's my manager of the moment and he knows what it's like to feed players confidence. It's good to work with him. It's been a pleasure. I think he can definitely go far.'

Ahearne-Grant said that he and Kewell won't be distracted by reports that the Australian is going to take over at Charlton from Lee Bowyer.

Fosu praises formation change

Tariqe Fosu has praised the formation change introduced by Lee Bowyer, replacing the 4-2-3-1 favoured by Karl Robinson with a 4-4-2: Rewards of formation change

We were told by Robinson that 4-4-2 was not possible with the players available, but it hasn't been a problem for Bowyer.

Fosu praise Bowyer for giving the team the freedom to play and not putting them under undue pressure.

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Statue row holds up takeover

The takeover of Charlton has been held up by a dispute about how Roland’s contribution to the development of the club can best be commemorated. The Belgian had commissioned a design for a statue to be placed alongside the Bartram statute outside the West Stand.

It would be based on the famous Manneken Pis statute in Brussels, but the flow of liquid would be vinegar. Katrien Meire would be recumbent on a replica of the fan sofa and Thomas Dreisen would be in the background with his laptop alongside a discarded pizza box.

The Australians were prepared to accept the statue if they could have an animated one of new mascot Skippy the Kangaroo alongside. I saw one of these animated characters in Perth WA one Christmas – there was a Father Christmas in the hotel lobby who would say ‘Ho! Ho! Ho!’ when approached and then launch into a seasonal medley. Skippy would say ‘Good Day!’ and then sing ‘Waltzing Matilda’.

Our informant on the Isle of Sheppey says that the arrival of a consignment of toy quokkas and kangaroos at the club shop will be a sign that the takeover is going ahead.

Friday, 30 March 2018

Bowyer's boys make it a very Good Friday

He may only be in charge until Easter Monday, but Lee Bowyer's Charlton won an emphatic 4-0 victory at Northampton Town this afternoon, greatly enjoyed by the 1,208 Addickted in attendance. The Addicks looked really dangerous in the final third.

On 14 minutes Page put in a great cross, the keeper got a hand to the header by Reeves but couldn't keep it out. The Cobblers tried to respond with an effort by Grimes which was just wide of the near post from 25 yards.

On 19 minutes there was a superb dummy from Ajose, Fosu picked it up and doubled the lead from the edge of the box. Six minutes later an Ajose shot was deflected wide and Bauer headed over from the corner.

A Fosu shot from outside the box stung the palms of the keeper. Following a free kick from Forster-Caskey, a Pearce header was cleared off the line.

HT: Cobblers 0, Addicks 2

Fosu made it 3-0 to Charlton when a 25 yarder found the bottom corner. Earlier Northampton had learnt that their Chinese investors had pulled out, and it was clear that the home support were not happy with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink who had a scarf thrown at him.

Great defending from Bauer denied Long. Fosu was inches wide on 61 minutes. On 63 minutes Ajose was replaced by Mavididi. The substitute was soon causing problems and after an Aribo shot was blocked, an effort from Forster-Caskey was deflected wide.

On 67 minutes Zyro was replaced by Magennis. Pearce received a yellow card for excessive enthusiasm. The lively Fosu was just over from 35 yards. On 79 minutes Mavididi put in great work down the left and a Reeves cross to the back post was headed home by Magennis to make it 4-0.

It nearly became 5-0 on 81 minutes when Mavididi rounded the keeper, but somehow he managed to recover. Crooks received a yellow card for a foul on Mavididi. Charm merchant Pereira received a yellow for tugging back Dijksteel.

The Addickted were in great voice. After a chorus of 'We Want Roland Out', they sang, 'Are you watching Robinson?'

Charlton are in 8th place with a game in hand and the same number of points as Peterborough. They are two points behind Plymouth in 6th place.

Bowyer exclusive interview

Lee Bowyer was once the best midfielder in Europe according to the Daily Express: Simply the best

Of course, that was at Leeds United. The interview also refers to his chequered past and discusses his determination to succeed.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Injury boost

Stephy Mavididi may be available on the bench against Northampton on Friday, after being out injured for two months, while Jay DaSilva could also be in contention: Injury boost

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Kewell on his way?

Social media reports are stating that Crawley Town manager Harry Kewell has said his goodbyes to his players this morning as he is set to leave the club and be announced as Charlton manager this Thursday. Charlton are set to be taken over on Wednesday and the new owners believe Kewell is the man for the job.

I have no independent confirmation of these reports. I would like to have seen Bowyer given more of a 'fair go' at the task of management.

Why Robinson left

Johnnie Jackson has said that Karl Robinson left Charlton because he thought the new owners would sack him: Why Robinson left

Jackson contrasts the dressing room styles of Robinson and Bowyer. Robinson was 'very, very vocal' (some might say 'gobby') while Bowyer is calm and collected and provides snippets of information.

Jackson has talked to Richard Cawley about his player-coach role and why he had to apologise to Chris Powell: Could only do it for a year

Monday, 26 March 2018

CARD says takeover imminent

The Campaign Against Roland Duchatelet has reproduced an Evening Standard report which claims that the takeover of Charlton by the Australian consortium is imminent. We have been here before, of course, but they say they have confirmation from other sources. Let's hope we get definite news soon: Takeover

Bowyer has the badges

Lee Bowyer has the necessary coaching badges to take over at Charlton on a permanent basis should the need arise: Coaching badges

Charlton legend Johnnie Robinson paid a flying visit to The Valley today.

The picture shows Johnnie Robinson with one of his children as a baby. A wag of a fan asked, 'Is he answering back yet?'

Talking of Robinsons, Karl didn't forget to take his big book of excuses with him when he went to Oxford. After their 3-0 defeat at Portsmouth yesterday, he blamed the referee. It may be that the referees' conspiracy he discovered was directed at him not Charlton.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Valley of Hope

The Independent takes a look at Roland's disastrous reign at Charlton as it hopefully comes to an end: Valley of Hope

Charlton's win yesterday under caretaker manager Lee Bowyer was the front page splash in The Football League Paper this morning. It's a long time since Charlton have enjoyed top billing.

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Lee, Lee, Lee Bowyer!

Alan Curbishley and Keith Peacock back at The Valley. Technical advisers under the new regime?

That was the chant at The Valley this afternoon as an impressive Charlton defeated an in form Plymouth Argyle 2-0 to move within two points of the play off places. We were told it was not possible to play 4-4-2, but Lee Bowyer and Johnnie Jackson managed it.

In his first start at The Valley for over a year because of injury, Lewis Page opened the scoring with a brilliant strike on two minutes. A dipping left-footed volley came off the underside of the bar.

Plymouth had said they would dominate the early phase of the match, but it was a lively start from the Addicks with some good quality football. On 15 minutes Amos tipped Taylor's low shot on the post and almost had his own goal celebration.

However, an exceptional goal celebration was to follow. Aribo played the ball in from the right and Zyro provided a brilliant header to make it 2-0 from close range. He then put the ball under his shirt. After the goal, Charlton continued to press, winning a series of corners.

Bauer's header was saved on 24 minutes. On 27 minutes he was booked for a foul on Portuguese danger man Cameiras. Just after the half hour Carey managed to bend an effort just beyond the far post for the visitors who had 3,034 Green Army devotees in the Jimmy Seed stand.

Reeves received a yellow card for a trip on Makasi. In time added on, Ajose directed a volley at goal and Matthews pushed it away.

HT: Addicks 2, Pilgrims 0

On 53 minutes there was good build up play between the much improved Reeves, Ajose and Fosu, but Fosu put the ball just wide. Argyle made a double substitution on 54 minutes. On 69 minutes Fosu put the ball into the side netting from a tight angle.

Argyle were not really in it in the second half, but could manage the occasional threat. A Carey snapshot from 20 yards was not far over the bar. Ajose was taken off on 81 minutes and received a great ovation as he was replaced by Mark Marshall.

As normal time drew to a close, Aribo turned provider for Zyro, but his shot was just wide. In time added on Reeves was withdrawn to give Academy graduate Taylor Maloney his first start.

Richard Cawley tweeted that Jake Forster-Caskey had been good again today, dictating play from deep. Cawley has provided an 'on the whistle' report which suggests that 'reports of Charlton's play off demise may have been greatly exaggerated: Vital win