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Ben Garner post mortem

Ben Garner strikes me as a reasonably smart bloke, he always carried an honest opinion post games, which was refreshing, but in recent weeks and even months the narrative had become a lot more barbed.

In front of the owner on Saturday he pretty much wrote his suicide note by playing a team and formation that issued a ‘what else am I meant to do’ plea.

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Anthony Hayes to take team

Anthony Hayes has had an interesting coaching career spending 5 years within Brentford’s progressive coaching set-up before moving to Charlton in 2016.

The Irishman moved through the ranks at The Valley and was promoted by Ben Garner recently to be first team assistant coach. This morning he was given the job of caretaker manager following Garner’s sacking yesterday.

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Garner sacked

Ben Garner has left the club it has been announced on the Official Site.

“Charlton Athletic can confirm the departure of Ben Garner as the club’s men’s first-team Manager” (more)

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30 year old memories

Happy 30th anniversary Back to The Valley Day.

We’ll ignore how the team did their very best to bury any memories of a wonderful time in our history on Saturday. A penny for the thoughts of those real Charlton legends including the peerless Roger and Heather Alwen who had to sit through that tosh.

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England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 move on

That was quite comfortable in the end despite a rather tricky first half hour when Senegal should’ve or could’ve been ahead. Jordan Pickford’s one handed save was pivotal.

There was no better time to score that first, and Kane getting a second allowed us all to relax and enjoy a half-time cuppa.

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Charlton Athletic 0 Cheltenham Town 1

It gets from worse to worse still.

Ben Garner said that we are progressing. This is not progression, this is regression – our results, our football, our position, our attendances, our pride.

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Auf Wiedersehen Pet

You have to love the World Cup. What an incredible day it was yesterday.

Group E had to be the easiest group to predict pre-tournament, yet for five minutes yesterday Japan and Costa Rica were headed to the knock-out stages in Qatar.

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Stockport replay on TV

The FA Cup 2nd Round replay has been chosen by ITV to be shown live. ITV4 to be exact. Woop, woop.

There are only two replays and both will be on the box. Dagenham & Redbridge and Gillingham is the other. Our game will be at 7.45pm on Wednesday 7th, December.

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Charlton Athletic 2 Stockport County 2

One foot in the 3rd Round draw, and then a Stockport 97th minute equalizer gives us another game we don’t need.

Another abysmal performance from Ben Garner’s side. It was a rubbish start and a rubbish end with various elements of rubbish in between.

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Beer o’clock

Among the despondency, some positive news for Charlton fans today.

The club have announced a multi-year partnership with Greenwich-based Meantime Brewery. The brewery is near the Blackwell Tunnel approach and just a mile and a bit away from The Valley.

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Giving thanks

Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends.

There’s a lot to like about Thanksgiving – eating, drinking, the complete removal of pressures to buy gifts and sport, a lot of it, and this year the added bonus of World Cup soccer football.

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Stockley banned for 3 games

As articulate and intelligent as Jayden Stockley comes across off the pitch, he has shown us before that he doesn’t always take those brain cells onto the field.

Case in point last Saturday in the 22nd minute when a supposed intentional swinging elbow has had him today retrospectively sent off and banned for 3 games.

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Don’t cry for me Argentina

They will be dancing in the streets of Newcastle Riyadh tonight. What an incredible and deserved win by Saudi Arabia. The tournament has properly started now.

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Port Vale 1 Charlton Athletic 0

That was pitiful.

Hands up, and with apologies to those that had to grin and bear it, notably those who were in Staffordshire, I didn’t watch the game. I was watching my daughter at the national schools debate tournament. No passing along the back line, no lack of effort, no defensive cock up’s, no lack of creativity just courageous and passionate kids expressing themselves.

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MacGillivray also injured

After biding his time sat on the bench all season Craig MacGillivray will miss tomorrow’s game at Port Vale, so Ashley Maynard-Brewer will make his full league debut.

MacGillivray suffered delayed concussion after the game against Burton following a knock in the face in the first half. The club kept it quiet that the Scot had to be admitted to a local hospital after feeling unwell in the dressing rooms after the game.

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