Saturday 31 October 2020

Victory and a clean sheet again

Charlton beat Portsmouth 2-0 at Fratton Park this afternoon with a first half goal from Jonny Williams and a second half one from Chuks Aneke.  Charlton are now 5th, ahead of Portsmouth and Sunderland.

Charlton have now gone over nine hours without conceding.   They have won five in a row for the first time since the spring of 2012 when they won the League One title.

There was a moment of danger after four minutes when there was uncertainty about Amos's call, but Portsmouth put the ball well over.

There was some sloppiness in Charlton's early play and a struggle with possession at the back as the makeshift defence settled in, but it has to be said that Gunter played well in the game as a whole as a stand in centre half. 

Pratley was in some danger of getting a red card, but the referee judged there had been little contact even if he was studs up.

On 25 minutes Forster-Caskey picked out Maatsen who put in a cross and Williams powered into the box to score his first Charlton goal.  Maatsen was included in the Football League Paper League One team of the day.

Bogle appeared to be brought down in the area, but the referee probably rightly judged it was not a penalty.  Gunter made a great clearance.

Half time: Pompey 0, Addicks 1

Pompey withdrew Whatmough and brought on Nicolaisen after the break.   Ben Amos got a yellow card for time wasting, his third yellow card this season.

Following maestro Jackett's half time talk, Portsmouth applied more pressure in the second half, but Charlton stood up well, even if they were a little too deep at times.   The midfield did look a little tired and stretched.

Charlton made a double substitution on 70 minutes with Bogle and Williams going off and Aneke and Smyth coming on.

Faemwo went down with what looked like a hamstring injury and Purrington replaced him.  Jason Pearce is now in training.

An Aneke shot was saved.   Pratley cleared a Portsmouth corner with a header.  On 82 minutes Smyth put in a pinpoint cross to Aneke who scored with a header.

Charm merchant Nicolaisen got a yellow card.

Five minutes added on saw a yellow card for Aneke.   There were two Pompey corners, but Amos punched out the first one and saved the second convincingly.

Lee Bowyer said this was probably the best three points this season, not many teams  would come to Portsmouth and win 2-0.

The Football League Paper had great headlines this morning.   On the front page 'Jonny's so good for the Addicks' accompanied by a big picture and inside 'Mystic Lee predicts Williams' influence'.

A real tough test

Lee Bowyer has admitted that the absence of Ben Watson and Ryan Inniss will make the task of the Addicks tougher at Portsmouth this afternoon:

The words 'tough test' can be applied to most games, but they are particularly relevant for the clash against an in form Pompey.   I would be pleased with a draw.

Quite a few Portsmouth fans are not happy with manager Kenny Jackett,  The fan file contributor in Four Four Two states: 'I won't be happy unless Jackett leaves the club.  He's had three years and he's shown that his football is too old school to succeed.  Our American owners seem to favour stability, which only goes so far when the football doesn't warrant it.'

Nevertheless, Four Four Two forecast a first place finish.

CAS Trust portray the game as a clash between the league's top scorers and its meanest defence:

Thursday 29 October 2020

No Doughty until February

Louis Mendez reports that Lee Bowyer states: 'Alfie Doughty has a big, big tear. He has to have an operation on his hamstring. He’s going to be months. Probably around four months, they reckon.'

A big blow.

Andrew Shinnie and free kicks

Andrew Shinnie talks about his free kick technique and says that he expects to be first choice from now on:

Shinnie says the Addicks can only get better: 'We’re a brand-new team. Lots of us haven’t played together. It’s difficult, with so many games we haven’t been able to train as a side and work on movements and patterns of play.'

'To get the results we’ve been getting and the clean sheets, looking strong as a team it’s actually better than you think because we’ve not been able to work on it on the training ground. As the weeks go on and we get to know each other better, we can only get stronger really.'

More from Shinnie here:

Farnell is back in the takeover market

Former club director Chris Farnell is back in the club takeover business, having been cleared by the EFL:

His latest target is Burnley:

Tuesday 27 October 2020

Fourth win on a spin

Charlton beat Oxford 2-0 at The Valley tonight to give a fifth clean sheet and the fourth win on the spin.  It is 22 years since we have been that tight at the back.

Both goals were scored in the first half and the Addicks were reduced to ten men in the second when Inniss was sent off for a second yellow card.  However, they managed the game well to secure the three points.  It was Charlton's first league victory over Oxford this century, the last win was in 1998.

Charlton did not start well and an early Oxford free kick on the edge of the penalty area saw Amos make a good save at the second attempt.  The Addicks struggled to get a hold on the game, the midfield in particular were losing the battle.   Perhaps pre-match moaners who said it was a mistake to play Pratley and Watson together might have had a point.   Inniss had to clear from an Oxford corner.

I was just noting that in the first half hour Eastwood in the Oxford goal had not been tested once when Shinnie put in a good assist to Washington who provided a crisp delivery to make it 1-0.

Oxford were still finding pockets of space, but in the first minute of time added on Charlton won a free kick in a good position and a powerful delivery from Shinnie made it 2-0.

Half time: 2-0

Watson got a yellow card which meant that he will not be available for Portsmouth.  A corner was won by Smyth but the effort from Maatsen was wide.  An Oxford free kick in a dangerous position went over the bar. Inniss got a yellow card for a foul on Eastwood.

Taylor got a yellow card for a foul.  Oxford made a double substitution.   Inniss received his second yellow on 65 minutes and was sent off,  Gunter got a yellow card.   Amos had to make a save.

Bogle was taken out on the edge of the penalty area, but there was no yellow card for the cynical foul to Bowyer's fury.   The free kick came off the wall.

Purrington replaced the tiring Bogle on 87 minutes.   A great run by Shinnie drew a foul.  Moore got a yellow card.   Washington was replaced by Forster-Caskey in time added on and Charlton ran down the minutes.

My man of the match: Andrew Shinnie.

Charlton have moved into the play off positions in 6th place.

Seething supremo Lee Bowyer called for more consistency from officials:


Monday 26 October 2020

Not good news on Doughty

Alfie Doughty has said on his Instagram account, 'Gutted to be out for some time, but I'll back stronger and fitter.'  His injury at Northampton did not look good at the time because of the way he landed on the hard surface.

He has made a key contribution to our ability to unsettle opposition defences and he will be missed.

Shell shocked supremo Lee Bowyer has confirmed that 'it doesn't look good at all':

Inniss gives new options at set pieces

The size of Ryan Inniss gives new options at set pieces says Darren Pratley which the team have been working on training.   For Pratley it's just 'hit and hope':

The game at Northampton was no spectacle, but Pratley emphasised how bad the conditions were while the Sickfields pitch was rock hard.

Inniss is looking like one of our best new signings.

Pratley says the season is going to be a long, hard slog and fans should not expect free flowing, easy on the eye football:

Final signing

Adam Matthews has signed a season long deal at Charlton, reports Richard Cawley of the SLP 

Cawley is off on a well-deserved one week break.

Ryan Inniss has been named in the Sky Bet League One team of the week.

Sunday 25 October 2020

Dillon Phillips reflects on his time at Charlton

In this lengthy interview, Dillon Phillips says that it wasn't easy to leave Charlton given his emotional links to the club, but it was time for a new challenge.   However, he doesn't rule out returning at some point in the future:

Saturday 24 October 2020

Poor game, good result

Charlton beat Northampton 2-0 today to secure another three points.  It was a scrappy game, but a good result.  The conditions were appalling with a swirling wind and a bobbly pitch.   

Charlton's two goals came within four minutes of each other in the second half, first from substitute Darren Pratley and then an own goal created by Alfie Doughty. Ryan Inniss provided good defensive work throughout with some important clearances, contributing to another clean sheet for the Addicks.

The main incident in the first half was a great double save by Amos.  Northampton set up a good set piece and Amos first had to palm the ball away and then kick it when he was on the ground.  Apart from that it was a tame half, although Racic received a yellow card for a foul on Smyth.

Half time: Cobblers 0, Addicks 0

Levitt was taken off after the break in favour of Pratley.  Levitt finds the physicality of League One quite difficult to deal with.

On 53 minutes from a Charlton corner Inniss headed the ball down and Bogle touched it, enabling Pratley to score.

Smyth had a great opportunity minutes later, but he made a poor connection with the ball.

Then on 58 minutes Amos found Doughty with a good goal kick.  The winger went on a great run and put in an excellent cross which was put in his own net by Owen Goal.

A Northampton corner was punched out by Amos.   Harriman brought down Doughty as he sped away and received a yellow card.   Doughty hobbled away with most of the damage done by the impact.  It didn't look good and he may not be available for Tuesday.

By this time there was the driving rain which had experienced earlier in Leamington 30 miles to the west.  On 76 minutes Washington replaced Williams.  Hoskins got a yellow card for his challenge on Forster-Caskey while the Charlton player got one for his reaction.

Inniss had to kick away a threatening Northampton free kick.

Five minutes were added on, but Charlton remained in control.

Charlton have gone up to eighth, one point off the play off places and they have a game in hand over some teams.

Sanguine supremo Lee Bowyer admitted it wasn't Levitt's type of game, hence the inspired substitution:

Friday 23 October 2020

Three points hoped for tomorrow

We have only been beaten once by Northampton Town in ten matches since 1964 and that was on the occasion of the disgruntled ex-employees demonstration in Sint Truiden.  So CAS Trust is hoping for three points tomorrow:

Certainly, the likely availability of Marcus Maddison tomorrow has already been noted by the local media.  He would bring an edge to the contest as Peterborough count as local rivals given the distance between teams in that part of the world.   Once Northampton did have local rivals in Rushden and Diamonds who actually played in beautiful down Irthlingborough.  But that comet soon fell out of the sky along with the founder's fortune and the stadium is no more.

Four Four Two says of the Cobblers, 'Their play off opponents couldn't cope with an efficient, attritional style that wasn't in keeping with underwhelming performances prior.'   They forecast a bottom place finish.

Perhaps it's as well that the game is behind closed doors as the contributor of the 'fan file' states: 'The one change I would make is the stadium, because it's absolutely dreadful'.  No one wonder Rushden fans labelled it 'Sickfields'.

Matches that Charlton should win are often the ones they lose, so I have my reservations about tomorrow. Just don't wear any 'kinky boots'.

Charlton's canny mix

I thought it was bit of a case of grinding out results against Wigan and Blackpool, which is sometimes what you have to do when your team has limitations.  But this Blackpool blog, which starts with some very interesting general remarks about how the writer sees Charlton, is full of praise for our team:

The writer refers to Charlton 'playing lovely football, crisp, quick passing, physical strength and movement.'  He continues: 'I was impressed with Charlton. They showed a canny mix of muscle, football and crucially purpose. They created chances and though Maxwell didn't have a lot to do, they flashed the ball just wide or just over 5 or 6 times. They knew what they were doing going forward and when they went down to ten men, it didn't have a huge impact on their play. They showed tactical nous and made a change to match Hamilton up with a lad who could deal with him.'

Of course, it may all be a load of cobblers.  We'll see on Saturday.

New contract for keeper

Charlton have offered a new contract to Ashley Maynard-Brewer.   Lee Bowyer rates him highly:

A somewhat indignant Lee Bowyer said that Charlton did everything by the book in their bid for Boreham Wood ace Sorba Thomas:

It is evident that the move for Thomas was partly motivated by concern that Alfie Doughty might go to Celtic or elsewhere.   It is uncertain whether a renewed bid will be made in the next transfer window.

Thursday 22 October 2020

No 20 goal striker

Sanguine supremo Lee Bowyer reckons that he does not have a 20 goal striker this season, so every front man will have to pitch in:

One more signing possible

Charlton could do one more signing - a free agent, reports Richard Cawley.

Lee Bowyer: 'Steve [Gallen] has asked if we have got anything left and how much. If so we might look to use that. But we ain’t been speaking about a striker. If we have anything left we’ll focus on another position.'

Bowyer is not surprised that Chris Solly has not found a club and thinks it will be difficult for the free agent:

Quite why he decided to go after such a long association with the club is a bit of a mystery.

Wednesday 21 October 2020

Aneke hopes to score more

Chuks Aneke does not set himself specific goal targets, but hopes his goal at Blackpool last night will be the first of many:

Aneke was full of praise for Lee Bowyer whom he says is very demanding and wants him to have more of a striker's mentality, a striker's instinct.

Wayne Mumford looks a good appointment as commercial director with his extensive experience in football and his earlier links with Charlton.

Tuesday 20 October 2020

Towering display wins the points

A great header by Alfie Doughty set up Chuks Aneke to score the winning goal for Charlton at Blackpool on 83 minutes tonight.  Earlier in the second half a Charlton goal had been controversially disallowed for offside.

The match had a sensational start when Bogle through on goal was brought down by Husband who was shown a red card on 52 seconds.  The free kick came off the wall.

Purrington received a yellow card that was later to prove significant.  After a great run by Doughty, Bogle put the ball into the side netting.  Purrington also found the side netting.  Bogle then scuffed a shot.

Hamilton was getting the better of Purrington and the defender's latest intervention received a second yellow card making it ten against ten.  A Bogle header was just over the bar.

Half time: Seasiders 0, Addicks 0

Pratley gave way to Maatsen after the break who displayed some intelligent play.  A shot from Shinnie as just wide.

Inniss got the ball in the net but after an intervention from Blackpool keeper Maxwell, the lino put his flag up late.  Referee Bell, officiating in the league for the first time, then had a long discussion with the linesman, eventually ruling the goal out.   

This decision seemed to take the wind out of Charlton's sails for a while.   The game became scrappy and was played at a slower tempo which probably suited Blackpool.

On 63 minutes Bogle was replaced by Aneke.  Watson received a yellow card putting him one away from suspension.   Washington was replaced by Smyth on 75 minutes.

Charlton defended their lead competently.  Six minutes were added on and Amos got a yellow card for time wasting.

Charlton are 11th in the table.

Lee Bowyer said: 'We made hard work of it. I'm a bit disappointed we didn't take advantage of them going down to ten. But the most important thing on a Tuesday night in a place like Blackpool is the three points.'

On the disallowed goal, the surprised supremo said: 'he linesman, no way could he see from there. He just guessed. He guessed 30 seconds after the ball was in the net. We were celebrating for 30 seconds before he put his flag up.'

Bowyer added: 'It was a great goal. I'm pleased for Chuks because he's really starting to come alive in that striker role.'

More from Bowyer here:

Has Jonny Williams learnt how to score?

Lee Bowyer hopes that Jonny Williams has learnt how to score goals after his success with Wales last week:

Bowyer goes for rotation

Lee Bowyer intends to rotate his front line players, but acknowledges that Chuks Aneke cannot last 90 minutes:

Monday 19 October 2020

Maddison ruled out for Blackpool

Marcus Maddison is ruled out by his freak foot injury for tomorrow night's game at Blackpool, but he may be available for Northampton on Saturday:

Blackpool boss Neil Critchley was pleased with his side's performance in their 1-1 draw at Crewe on Saturday.   Although he acknowledges it will be a tough match against Charlton, he is confident of taking all three points at home:

Critchley thinks that Liverpool loanee Ben Woodburn could solve the problems the Seasiders have experienced in the final third:

Inniss feels at home

New signing Ryan Inniss feels that he is at last found somewhere he call home at Charlton:

There is an interview with Thomas Sandgaard in The Times this morning.

Saturday 17 October 2020

One is enough

Charlton survived seven minutes added on to defeat Wigan Athletic 1-0 at The Valley this afternoon, the winning second half goal coming from a Jake Forster-Caskey free kick.  The players need to get to know each other better, but there were some promising signs.   

Inniss provided good defensive work throughout the game.   Saves by Ben Amos were once again vital for Charlton.

Charlton started brightly enough, but the final ball wasn't there.  Then some sloppy play around the 20 minute mark led to a Wigan corner.  Amos made a good punch away and then had to make a second good save.   Naismith, by far Wigan's most tricky player, missed a good chance.

Gunter marked his Valley debut with a yellow card, then Keane received a yellow card for a foul on Smith.  A head injury to Doughty required a bandage.

Aneke showed some good ball control.

Half time: Addicks 0, Lactics 0

It was a scrappy start to the second half.  Watson got a yellow card, possibly for dissent.  The referee's decision-making was erratic throughout and disadvantaged both teams.

Aneke was replaced by Bogle.  Evans got a yellow card.  Two free kicks from Forster-Caskey had been unsuccessful in the first half, although one just skimmed the crossbar.  This time he got the ball in the net after it deflected off the post.

Massey and Smyth got yellow cards. Shinnie was replaced by Purrington.  Amos spilled the ball, but collected it the second time.   Charlton were inviting pressure by playing too deep.

Wigan hit the crossbar and claimed a penalty, they may have had a case.

Smyth had worked hard, one fan described him as a 'Garry Nelson type' and was replaced by Washington.

Seven minutes were added on and Amos had to make a save in the last minute of the game.

Lee Bowyer told Richard Cawley: 'It was a tough game, two solid teams. We had to be at it from the first whistle to the last. Overall I'd say it was probably fair we won the game. They all dug deep at the end to hold on to the three points. The new lads that made their debuts did very, very well.'

Charlton are 15th in the table.

Friday 16 October 2020

So, farewell then, Dillon Phillips

Dillon Phillips has left Charlton to be back up keeper at Cardiff City: 

A good keeper who developed at Charlton but we became too small a club for him.  

Diloch am bopeth y gwnaethoch geiso ei wneud.

Luton player on loan deal

Charlton are closing on a loan deal for Luton's Andrew Shinnie, reports Richard Cawley. 

The Scot is an attacking midfielder:

Sanguine supremo Lee Bowyer has thanked Crystal Palace for being helpful with the signing of Ryan Inniss.  He talks convincingly of what the player can offer and how he can be developed:

Only two in today

Richard Cawley says that QPR's Paul Smyth is a possible loan signing.   However, it is thought there will be only two deals in today.  It's not looking good on Boreham Wood's Sorba Thomas.

Boreham Wood have issued a statement saying that Charlton have not met their valuation of Thomas.  From the wording you would think they were a Premier League club:

Dillon Phillips will probably not be included in the 23-man squad when it is submitted.   Omitting him would free up funds for someone else.

Smyth is a 23-year old forward/winger who has played for Northern Ireland and is said to have electric pace:

Thursday 15 October 2020

Sell on fee for Grant

Karlan Grant has joined West Bromwich Albion on a six year contract for a fee in the region of £15m.  Charlton have a sell on fee and will probably get around £1.5m. 

Players out on loan

Ehtun Otzumer has gone out on loan to Bristol Rovers for the season while George Lapslie has joined Mansfield Town:

The departure of the fringe players will free up funds to bring in players/

Who is to blame for injuries?

Lee Bowyer has denied that his training methods are responsible for the number of injuries among Charlton players:

Indeed, the stressed supremo seems to be having a bit of a dig at the medical team in his remarks about Jason Pearce.

Certainly, once you get on the treatment table at Sparrows Lane, you can be there for a long time.

Addicks swoop for non league star

Charlton are prepared to pay a six figure sum for Boreham Wood attacker Sorba Thomas:

He is seen as one of the hottest properties in non-league.  However, QPR and Barnsley are also interested.

The club profile of the 21-year old right winger is here:

No interest in Morgan

There has been no interest from league clubs in Albie Morgan.   Lee Bowyer reckons he may have to join a non-league team after the transfer window closes:

This has provoked some discussion among fans on Twitter.  One said: 'This is something I’ll never understand. What does Bowyer not like about Morgan? The kid is quality and should be starting games imo. Way too good for non-league.'

Another responded: 'It's got to be the defensive side of things which Bows brings up every time with Albie. Great in possession but seems like he neglects the rest of it , even with a Watson or Pratley as a DM I think more is probably expected of him.'

Wednesday 14 October 2020

Doughty to stay

Charlton owner Thomas Sandgaard expects Alfie Doughty to stay at Charlton and it looks as if he is prepared to do what ever that takes.   However, there is no Danish pastry for Dillon Phillips:

Jonny Williams has become the first Charlton player to score for his country since 2017.   He gave Wales a 1-0 victory against Bulgaria with a fine 85th minute finish.

Nostalgic photographs

Good to hear on Facebook from Queensland photographer Brian Cassey whom I last remember seeing on Charlton Station many years ago.   In the early 1970s he was a photographer for local papers and some of his action shots from Charlton can be seen here:

Tuesday 13 October 2020

Two signings on the way

Crystal Palace centre back Ryan Inniss will sign on a permanent deal.   Left back Ian Maatsen is the latest talented Chelsea youngster to come in on loan:

Career details for Inniss, including his troubled childhood here:
One fan commented, 'I reckon he is a good, solid signing.  He'll take no prisoners.'

I have no confirmation of reports of renewed Luton Town interest in Alfie Doughty (they were trying to sign him in the summer).   Richard Cawley of the SLP has just commented, 'I wouldn't like to say definitely on that one at the moment.   There is still interest from clubs in England.'

Cawley has, however, ruled out Luton Town: 'I don't think they have the money to make it happen.'

Bowyer backs Maynard-Brewer

Lee Bowyer would have no worries about starting Ashley Maynard-Brewer in League One and is very impressed by the young keeper:

Dulwich Hamlet fans were very impressed by him when he was on loan with them.

Monday 12 October 2020

Oshilaja injured

Deji Oshilaja, ever present so far this season, is injured and will not be available against Wigan on Saturday.  It also looks as if he is going to be out for some time:

Bowyer still hopeful of signings

Stressed supremo Lee Bowyer says that Charlton are short in every department and the League One salary cap is proving a real constraint.   However, he points out that in previous transfer windows it has proved possible to get a little gem in the last day or two:

Saturday 10 October 2020

Bowyer will mix and match

Lee Bowyer will mix and match his formations this season and reckons Chris Gunter can play in a variety of roles:

Unconfirmed reports are stating that Bowyer would like Leeds youngster Robert Gott on loan at Charlton, but other clubs are interested:

Macauley Bonne names the two players who helped him most at Charlton:

Friday 9 October 2020

Charlton sign Bogle

Charlton have signed striker Omar Bogle.  He has spent time with Grimsby Town, Wigan Athletic and Cardiff City:

It's a one year deal with a twelve month option, so he looks like a stopgap while we hope for better things.

Bowyer wants five more signings

Lee Bowyer wants five more signings before domestic deadline day next Friday.  He also discusses the signing of Chris Gunter:

Thursday 8 October 2020

Sandgaard has 'changed the soundtrack'

Author and Charlton fan Paul Breen talks about the way that Thomas Sandgaard has 'changed the soundtrack' at The Valley:

Breen says: 'I think that in seeing our new owner’s love of music and his approachability, many of us see his character reflecting that of the fan base in general. This club is like a family, even if many of us have very different opinions on life, politics, music and so on. Because we give so much to the club in terms of emotional investment alongside time and money, we like to feel that this is replicated by those who are custodians of the club. And I think with our new owner we’ve got this.'

Another letter has appeared in the Financial Times relating to Charlton.   This one states: ''It is gratifying that all went well at The Valley, and long may a historic ground and club lead the way out of the current Covid-19 crisis.'

New technical director appointed

Ged Roddy MBE as been appointed by Thomas Sandgaard as Charlton's new technical director.  He worked for several years in the Premier League and most recently has worked with Arsene Wenger on Fifa's programme for the development of new talent, which should give him excellent contacts:

As one fan commented, 'We are starting to look like a proper football club again.'

Chris Gunter signs

The official site has confirmed that right back Chris Gunter has signed for Charlton.

Richard Cawley has commented: 'Gunter has played 429 Championship matches + 25 in the Premier League. Never dropped to League One level before in his career. Lee Bowyer wanted him last summer but Charlton couldn't afford him.'

Cawley also revealed that Adam Matthews is no longer training with Charlton.

Former Charlton director muscles in on Wigan takeover

Not good news for Wigan fans as it looks as if Chris Farnell is get involved in the club's takeover.  The supposed Spanish buyers are said to be a front for him:

Wednesday 7 October 2020

Sandgaard wants advisory group of fans

Thomas Sandgaard wants to set up an advisory group of fans:

Of course, one question is always who can 'represent' fans given their heterogeneous views.  He envisages that CAST would nominate one member alongside several others.

I think it is important that the 'old guard' is not over represented.  We need younger fans with new ideas who are social media savvy.

Peter Varney has tweeted this morning about a 90 minute discussion he had with the new owner.  Varney expressed his appreciation of the way in which Sandgaard recognised the part he played in the acquisition of the club.

Richard Cawley has tweeted: 'Think that is a real shame that Peter Varney not involved moving forward. Genuine expertise on how to run a football club. Was very pivotal to knitting things together when Chris Powell's side rampaged to the League One title.'

Tuesday 6 October 2020

Bowyer explains absences from squad

Lee Bowyer explains that he left Albie Morgan and Jake Forster-Caskey out of the squad that faced Sunderland because they were feeling the effects of the game against Brighton:

Richard Cawley reports: 'Latest Companies House alerts - Matt Southall and Jonathan Heller no longer directors of ESI. Also another one saying "cessation of Matthew Southall as a person with significant control.'

Ali Koiki hopes to seal deal

Left back Ali Koiki is to feature for the under 23s today and hopes to conclude a deal at Charlton:

The former Burnley player is a free agent.   There would probably be some compensation for Burnley, but Richard Cawley doesn't think it would be much.

The 21-year old started his career with the Glaziers:

No great Dane

Richard Cawley of the SLP reports: 'Charlton are not signing FC Midtjylland striker Ronnie Schwartz. Deal had looked dead yesterday morning, then back on again yesterday evening. But it didn't happen.'

Cawley adds, 'Probably another example of why Charlton don't want these things massively playing out in press. Salary cap is making life difficult enough. Still plenty of time to get deals done. Addicks want to bring in two frontmen.'

We certainly need them.

Monday 5 October 2020

Phillips could become the 'forgotten man'

Lee Bowyer has warned that Dillon Phillips could become the 'forgotten man' if he does not leave Charlton before the transfer window closes.   Some of the clubs interested in him have made other signings:

Presumably he could always be loaned out to a club that needed a keeper in an emergency.  However, there is no player as lonely as the out of favour keeper.

How safe is my Valley?

It's not often that Charlton features in the Financial Times, but this morning they have published a letter from a Charlton fan. 

Martin Johnson writes to the Pink 'Un from SE1.  He says, 'I was one of 1,000 fans at the Valley, home of Division 1 [sic] Charlton Athletic, last week in a test for a possible larger return of paying crowds.'

'As a Covid-nervous older person I have not felt safer in a shop, pub or any location outside my home since lockdown.   From the temperature check on entry to the departure procedure, the excellent organisation could have coped with many more spectators'.

'So the government must provide support to meet the shortfall.   Or perhaps this government disdains such a proletarian hobby?'

A reply published in the Financial Times later in the week stated: 'It is gratifying that all went well at The Valley, and long may a historic ground and club lead the way out of the current Covid-19 crisis.'

Chris Gunter coming in

More than one source is reporting that Charlton are about to sign defender Chris Gunter.  The experienced Welsh international was let go by Reading after eight years there so is available on a free transfer:

Richard Cawley of the SLP reports on the story here:

Fans have commented that Gunter is a solid addition.  Adam Matthews has been holding out for a Championship club and time is not on our side.

Career details of the attacking full back here:

Mascot matters

At least we don't have West Brom's Boiler Man

The news that Arsenal have made Gunnersaurus redundant led me to think about mascots at The Valley:

I have never taken to Sir Valiant with his pathetic sword, completely useless as a pre-match warning to the linos and I'm not that keen on the robin either.

Can we have Floyd and Harvey back please?

New interest in Doughty

Celtic have had another bid for Alfie Doughty knocked back and the SPL transfer window closes today.  However, an English club is interested in the winger: 

However, Glasgow sources say that Celtic have not made a third bid, but will now wait for a pre-contract agreement in January when they can approach Doughty about a free transfer:

Celtic are hoping to use him as a full back.

Amos wants to keep his place

Ben Amos is determined to hold on to his place between the posts, having delivered a praiseworthy performance against Sunderland:

Amos admits that the ownership troubles at The Valley did have a subconscious effect on players.

Amos was in the Sky Bet League One team of the week.

Sunday 4 October 2020

Bon voyage

As we noted when Macauley Bonne departed for QPR, there were no reports of fans rending their shirts in protest.  In an article which did not appear in the new Voice of the Valley, editor Rick Everitt reckons that's all down to trust in the new owner: 

Inevitably Bonne scored for his new team for his first appearance.   I still think that most fans thought that palming off Bonne on the Super Hoops for £2m was good business, even with the barn door from the training ground thrown in for free.

Saturday 3 October 2020

Bore draw

I'm glad I didn't have to travel down to London for this goalless draw on wet afternoon between Charlton and Sunderland.   The lack of a target man for the Addicks was all too evident.  Charlton did improve in the second half when Aneke came on, but were unable to take advantage of Sunderland's reduction to ten men.

Charlton started in the first half with a 4-4-3, but in an attempt to create more switched to a back four which left them exposed.   Sunderland only failed to score because they wasted chances, notably Graham blasting over from a few yards out, while Ben Amos made three saves, two of them from Flanagan and Graham of real quality.   Watson made a great block.

Charlton were poor going forward and had just one off target shot in the first half to eight for Sunderland. Their three corners were unproductive.

Half time: 0-0

Williams replaced Otzumer after the break.  Watson got a yellow card for a foul and Levitt got a harsh yellow card.   Sunderland made a double substitution, replacing their strikers.

Aneke replaced Vennings on 71 minutes.  Flanagan got sent off for bringing down the last man.  Scowen got a yellow card.  Maddison came on for Levitt on 83 minutes and did show some quality.  Willis got a yellow card for a 'foul' on Aneke.

In the five minutes added on Charlton played in too rushed and frantic a manner to create anything.

Charlton are 14th in the table.

Shell shocked supremo Lee Bowyer said: 'It wasn't good enough. It's not what I'm used to seeing. We looked nervy in possession a lot of the time and gave the ball away far too much. They were a lot better than us first half - they were braver in possession.'

On Maddison, Bowyer said: 'Even these two weeks isn't going to be enough to get him [Maddison] up to speed. He's had no pre-season, when you have five weeks and play five games to warm up.'

Youngsters sign up

Charlie Barker, who has played in seven games this season, and Aaron Henry have signed their first professional contracts at Charlton:

Friday 2 October 2020

Weaker for the weekend

'Lee Bowyer has admitted to Richard Cawley after the departure of Macauley Bonne, 'Yes it makes us a little weaker for the weekend. We'll bring in someone who will score us goals.'

Lee Bowyer made it clear as well that he and Steve Gallen are taking their time to get the right deals. "We've got a two-week break after this game. We're not silly - we know we're weak compared to where we want to be."

Chuks Aneke is fit to be in squad for tomorrow's game. Lee Bowyer has confirmed Marcus Maddison will be in the squad, but is unlikely to start.

Former Addicks manager Phil Parkinson is convinced that Charlton will shrug off their troubles and be rivals for promotion with Sunderland. He finds it difficult to forecast what their personnel or shape will be:

The CAS Trust preview looks at Charlton's history with Sunderland:

So, farewell then, Macauley Bonne

Macauley Bonne has signed for QPR for £2m, including a sell on clause, an offer that Lee Bowyer has described as too good to refuse.  Bowyer has praised the player's attitude, commenting 'We improve players, that's what we do':

The smiling supremo said that Charlton would now sign two strikers, one to replace Macca and another one as well.

Bonne said that he probably should have scored a few more goals:

The news has been received calmly by fans and there are no reports of them rending their shirts at The Valley.   All I can say about 'Bonne Gonne' is 'Thanks for all you tried to do'.

Charlton were on brink of administration

In a very informative interview, Thomas Sandgaard has revealed that the club was on the brink of administration when he came in.  Cash balances were close to zero and there was a large tax bill due:

Sandgaard is having to pay a much higher rent to Roland, but the advantage is that he has got rid of side deals.  The amount being paid to Tahnoon Nimer and Matt Southall is not being disclosed.

The owner is fairly relaxed about the loss of match day revenue, seeing new sponsorship opportunities.  There is, however, a lot of rebuilding to be done and that will take some money.

Charlton is a London club with a big fan base and brand recognition, according to Sandgaard.

Marcus Maddison signs

Marcus Maddison has signed a one year contract at Charlton.   Career details:

Lee Bowyer tackles questions about his character and temperament:

Richard Cawley of the SLP commented: 'Seriously, seriously good goals and assist return at League One level.'

'Would potentially have been here in January if ESI actually had any real money to spend and didn't just pretend they did.'

'Speaking of ESI - Tahnoon Nimer, Marian Mihail and Claudiu Florica have all terminated their roles as directors. The newest ESI now has two new appointments - Sundeep Kumar Singh and Hemat Amrish Parikh. Just hope they don't think they are buying a football club.'

Thursday 1 October 2020

Sandgaard's ambition

Top six is the minimum aim for Thomas Sandgaard this season, but he would like to see us in the automatic promotion places:

The new owner will be in the commentary box for Saturday's game.

Jonny Williams out of favour

Jonny Williams is out of favour with Lee Bowyer at the moment.   The sanguine supremo wants to see more end product:

A number of players in the frame

Lee Bowyer says that he likes the look of free agent Marcus Maddison, but he is one of a number of players he is interested in.   However, he is severely constrained by the League One salary cap:

Hull City are also reported to be interested in Maddison.

Charlton are closing in on a new right back, but it isn't Adam Matthews: