Friday 12 March 2021

Charlton managing to stay afloat

The SLP's Richard Cawley takes a relatively optimistic view of Charlton's prospects which will annoy the many pessimists and negativists among fans:

They might point to the tough opposition that the Addicks face in the last phase of the season, but often Charlton play better against skilled opposition rather than teams that resort to random hoofballs in an imitation of the worst of non-league football.

Admittedly we did get a lucky break on Tuesday from the young, London-based referee.  The head of the Referee's Association has now apologised to Norhampton Town for the award of a penalty to Charlton.

However, we have suffered quite a lot from referees determined to prove they are not 'homers' at The Valley, so perhaps we deserved a lucky break.

Incidentally, Sheffield United have denied reports that they have sacked manager Chris Wilder.  This has not deterred Desmond from Deal who has stated: 'With Wilder now available, Bowyer must finally be on his way out.'

Meanwhile, Jake Forster-Caskey has told Richard Cawley that he thinks he is playing the best football of his career:


  1. Thomas could do a lot worse than Chris Wilder, who will be available very shortly. Whether CW wants to jump straight back in after having been let down so badly by the club's owner remains to be seen. A couple of seasons in the rarified atmosphere of top division football might also have shifted his remuneration expectations out of reach of even ambitious sorts like TS.
    I'd be very happy to see CW back in SE7

  2. He is a good manager, I agree, but why would someone want to switch from the Premier League to League One?

  3. I'm not suggesting he'd leave the Blades to join Charlton but his P45 is in the post from Bramall Lane and we know he was considering us before they came calling. He'll no longer be scared by the terribly fearsome 2% of the fanbase or the disgruntled former employees Roland told him so much about.
    I expect his and his agent's expectations of his "worth" will have been distorted by his brief PL sojourn. He has form over course and distance for elevating a midtable 3rd division plodder with no budget, all the way to the fringes of the first division and that experience is invaluable. If I were TS I'd make sure I had CW's contact details close at hand.