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It will be a wrench to leave Costa Rica today. We’ve been really taken with this friendly and provocative country, at least the bits we have seen in the north west province of Guanacaste. The area is splendidly unblemished with a pixar movie full of great characters such as howler and white-faced monkeys, coyotes, anteaters, crocodiles, iguanas and sloths, all in their natural habitat.

Some adventure was nicely blended with a lot of doing nothing and a couple of more days would have done it. Nonetheless we are not heading home yet and will spend the next 3 nights in Palm Beach, Florida’s eastern most town and about an hour north of Miami where we land later this afternoon.

I see that the Addicks pre-season form has collapsed with a couple of defeats at Gillingham on Saturday and a 2nd XI at Tonbridge Angels last night.

Rightly so Chris Powell seems more concerned about his formation than he does the results, but with no further players in, he will have to work mostly with the squad that won him League One a few months ago.

Not surprisingly, at least to me, Steve Kavanagh has not returned to his job as non-board CEO and mouthpiece Michael Slater announced yesterday on the club website (I always get worried when the communications department write a story with the limp Charlton corner flag as lead!) that he had “received formal notice from him which terminated his contract.”

No doubt Steve was given the same resounding send off in the staff canteen as Peter Varney. This Martin Prothero fella sounds like he is going to be busy from his home office in Stockport.

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