Apologies forr the lack of updates, but I had a knee replacement at the end of last week. It went well, but coverage will not resume until next week.
Tuesday 20 June 2023
In a long interview with Richard Cawley Alan Curbishley says his first season as a manager with Charlton at Upton Park was the crucial one for the club's future. It required a siege mentality: https://londonnewsonline.co.uk/alan-curbishley-on-his-key-season-in-charge-of-charlton-putting-record-straight-over-his-exit-and-being-picky-over-other-boss-jobs/
Curbs knocks on the head the recurrent myth that he was forced out of Charlton by restless fans who wanted European qualification. It was simply that the chairman wanted him to sign a three year contract and he wanted to see out his remaining year and then make a decision depending on where Charlton were going.
Curbs has only recently dropped out of the top ten of managers who managed Premier League games.
Saturday 17 June 2023
Residents of Valiant House and other locals tell the Currant Bun what it is like to live next to The Valley: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/22596034/our-flat-overlooks-major-football-stadium-london-free-game/
The responses are mixed with some liking the chance to watch a game for free. As for the whingers, you don't have to live next to a football ground.
A long interview by Richard Cawley with Rhoys Wiggins. Injuries forced him into early retirement, a process he did not find easy, although things are looking up now: https://londonnewsonline.co.uk/it-was-taken-away-from-me-early-retirement-still-burns-for-former-charlton-and-crystal-palace-defender-rhoys-wiggins/
He was a good player for us and part of our League One 2012 title winning side. He said that squad had a togetherness he has not seen elsewhere.
Friday 16 June 2023
Red card specialist Ryan Inniss has joined Forest Green Rovers, their first signing of the season. Boss Duncan Ferguson has said that he is the sort of player the Vegans need.
Inniss is full of the delights of moving to a 'lovely' area: https://www.fgr.co.uk/news/inniss-becomes-first-summer-arrival
I didn't see this coming, but I think we can live with it.
Thursday 15 June 2023
Charlton are open to offers for Garner era keeper Joe Wollacott who has two years on his contract: https://londonnewsonline.co.uk/charlton-athletic-ready-to-listen-to-offers-for-goalkeeper-this-summer/
Addicks loan player Steven Sessegnon has been released by Fulham: https://londonnewsonline.co.uk/charlton-athletic-loanee-sessegnon-released-by-fulham/
Richard Cawley thinks that he will be initially looking for a Championship move.
Wednesday 14 June 2023
Former Addick Jonny Williams has joined Bradford after interest from other League Two clubs: https://londonnewsonline.co.uk/former-charlton-and-crystal-palace-midfielder-looks-set-to-join-league-two-side/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=former-charlton-and-crystal-palace-midfielder-looks-set-to-join-league-two-side
He's not joining Bradford, he's gone to Gillingham! This has given pessimists a chance to point out they will soon be above us in the EFL.
Williams celebrates his return to his native heath: https://londonnewsonline.co.uk/former-crystal-palace-and-charlton-midfielder-makes-late-league-two-transfer-u-turn/
On transfer deals, Richard Cawley says that none are expected or in the pipeline for today. The club is working on its targets.
Sunday 11 June 2023
Richard Cawley reports: 'My understanding is that no bid accepted for Alfie May but that discussions still ongoing. Thomas Sandgaard is in control of transfers until the takeover is completed, but out of courtesy will be talking to SE7 Partners until takeover is completed, but out of courtesy will be speaking to SE7 Partners.' It is, of course, in Cheltenham's interest to have a bidding war.
The Orange One gives his views on the Charlton takeover, seeing the Addicks as no threat to Palace any time soon: https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/sport/football/portsmouth-fc/the-most-underperforming-club-in-english-football-pundits-big-statement-as-former-crystal-palace-owner-makes-portsmouth-derby-county-and-charlton-athletic-calls-4172896?fbclid=IwAR3JfR6MzEeOEfCO44nuj6B26b7odxiOSgV0irWH5eP2yNhhxiS-ACxRtYA
Well, we never thought that either.
Friday 9 June 2023
Chief executive Peter Storrie thinks that estimates that the completion of the takeover will take three weeks to complete are optimistic and eight to nine weeks are more likely. With the transfer window opening on Tuesday, Dean Holden is in charge, although Storrie has been involved in two possible signings. He is not saying anything about Alfie May where there is a lot of competition from other clubs: https://londonnewsonline.co.uk/charlton-chief-executive-peter-storrie-talks-takeover-timeline-and-dean-holdens-crucial-role-in-transfer-window-business/
Wednesday 7 June 2023
I formed a negative view of Charlie Methven watching the television series about Sunderland. He came across as an arrogant, self-satisfied big ego who was also very shallow if superficially articulate. A typical Old Etonian in other words. A blog from Sunderland supporters tell us why we should be very worried about him: https://www.si.com/soccer/sunderland/opinion/sunderland-why-charlton-fans-should-be-very-worried-about-charlie-methven-takeover
Tuesday 6 June 2023
Peter Storrie expects to step down as chief executive once the takeover is completed. He confirmed that a budget is in place for transfers: https://londonnewsonline.co.uk/charlton-chief-executive-storrie-expecting-to-step-down-once-takeover-completes-and-clear-on-transfer-budget-plans/
SE7 Partners are now controlled by Global Football Partners Ltd. registered in the Cayman Islands.
Monday 5 June 2023
The signing of an agreement to sell Charlton to the SE7 Partners consortium has been confirmed: https://londonnewsonline.co.uk/charlton-athletic-takeover-takes-big-step-forward-after-spa-agreement/
Richard Cawley notes: 'EFL approval likely to take a number of weeks - maybe between six to eight. Joshua Friedman's takeover party also need to get a lease agreement for Valley and training ground sanctioned by Roland Duchatelet.'
VOTV website editor Rick Everitt points out: '“Sanctioned by Roland Duchatelet” - what could possibly go wrong? Last time this was required it led to a 150% rent increase. The lease will have to be amended because Sandgaard’s US firm is explicitly named in it as the guarantor.'
If the deal is finalised, fans will judge the new owners by their actions not their words.