Saturday, 4 February 2017

'Fans will never accept our owner but he wants success'

This is the headline over a double page spread interview of Karl Robinson by Henry Winter in The Times this morning.

Robinson covers a range of topics from Tony Watt's caffeine consumption to his wife's dress shop. The story starts with the recent meeting with fans in the Greenwich Tavern. Robinson commented on the meeting, 'For me it's more important to heal the club than get promotion.'

Of Katrien Meire he says, 'She's remorseful about some of the things she's said and done at Charlton. She's learning on the job. She's emotionally attached to Charlton, she loves being at Charlton and is desperate to get it right.'

Of Roland, Robinson says, 'He doesn't meddle one little bit. The wage bill is the biggest I have ever had even when I was in the Championship with MK Dons. [Maybe all that does is tell us about penny pinching at the Franchisees]. At no stage in my conversations with the owner or chief exec was this fractious club, this divided club ever hidden from me.'

Of Tony Watt, he says, 'He is so talented it is ridiculous ... Tony is the most complex footballer in England, extremely talented, crazy, unstable, caring, unfit, argumentative. He drinks too much caffeine .... We are trying to occupy Tony's mind.'

Robinson says that the passion at The Valley is 'phenomenal' 'But this undercurrent slightly pulls you back. The players will say it's not troubling them because of the macho mentality, but some have told me they find it difficult at times.'

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Reprieve for Millwall?

Our sister site, The Political Economy of Football, reports on a possible reprieve for Millwall in the bid to save land around their ground from a compulsory purchase order: Reprieve?

I know we have a needle derby against them coming up, but what is happening at The New Den is a potential threat to all clubs with established grounds, including us, in the name of 'regeneration' or 'gentrification'. All fans should sign the petition.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Welcome, Fredrik Ulvestad

The official site has announced that Fredrik Ulvestad has signed on a year's loan from Burnley. The Norway international is described as a box-to-box midfielder: New signing

Career details for the 24-year old who has a footballing father and brother here: Fredrik Ulvestad

Despite weeks of speculation, most recently focusing on Crystal Palace, it looks as if Ademola Lookman is staying at The Valley. According to Richard Cawley and other sources, the club has turned down a series of bids from Sheffield Wednesday for Morgan Fox, the last one at over £1.25m.

Palace deal for Lookman?

As the transfer deadline nears, Charlton are trying to offload Ademola Lookman to Crystal Palace: Over to Sainsbury's

So it's a double delight for the Addickted: losing a talented player and seeing him go to a rival club.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

The Contradiction Cup

Why fans don't like the Checkatrade trophy: Worse than paint drying

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Out of the waffle pan into the wok?

Charlton fans are so keen to see the back of Roland and Katrien, that they understandably have not given much thought to likely successors. At the present, the serious money is coming from China. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as Chinese investors tend to be consensual and like to build bridges with fans. But not all of them are of the same quality, as our sister site points out: A and B list Chinese investors

Friday, 12 August 2016

How far should a club go in stopping dissent?

Charlton Athletic appears to be clamping down on dissent on social media by fans. Read the full story here: Season ticket conditions