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Chris Wilder

Farewell Jose, see you around some time. Possibly after Chris Wilder sticks two fingers up at Roland Duchatelet due to team interference and replacement Nebojsa Vignjevic takes us dangerously close to the bottom four of League One. I’ll put you down for March 2017 Jose.

I know, I’m in that kind of mood.

Chris Wilder may well have had his head turned by an unsolicited Charlton approach but why an earth would he want to leave Kelvin Thomas’ Nothampton and work for Roland Duchatelet’s circus? The 48-year old Wilder comes across as a bright, outspoken and honourable manager. He has been in the game a long time and is not afraid to speak his mind after over 30 years in English football.

Wilder and Duchatelet and Meire do not appear to be a match made in heaven. Wilder may get the assurances that he will undoubtedly demand. These will certainly include the very experienced Alan Knill joining him as assistant at The Valley. Wilder apparently was not impressed with the infighting on the Bolton board after they made an approach, and new Cobblers owner Kelvin Thomas, a man Wilder trusts, will be desparately trying to tie his Championship winning manager to an extended contract. Wilder has just over a year left.

Duchatelet will have to pay Wilder more than he paid Riga, Luzon, Peeters and Fraeye plus there will be compensation and Wilder’s plans will be the antithesis of every crackpot idea the Belgian believes in. There have been no signs that Roland has had a lobotomy. Nor Meire, mind you she didn’t have a brain to start with.

No panic, we still have (inter)Wim De Corte. Happy days.

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  1. Who the fucks Nebojsa Vi? forgot his last name already. What’s Duchatelet on? When’s the FA gonna step in. So far they’ve just let all these championship foreign lunatic owners just get on with the job of attempting to kill off Charlton, Leeds, etc, and the Oystens do the same to Blackpool. FA do your job. You make enough money off these English clubs. Start protecting them!

    May 8, 2016
  2. Well said Sir. I wish I could use language more appropriate to how I really feel about the whole Duchatele insane running of our Club, but I can’t. The idea of attracting Chris Wilder to Charlton sounds like heaven. But why should he, or indeed want to knowing the idiots he has to content with. No. Everything points to another useless appointment from his pool of uselessness. I’m gutted beyond belief how as you said why is the FA not getting involved. I fear the worse for our club.

    May 9, 2016
  3. Chris #

    Chris don’t do it… WILL end in tears and do nothing to enhance your reputation

    May 9, 2016
  4. Chris #

    Belgium owner….no idea about football and the respected history of Charlton….appoints a CEO who lost the plot….woeful players brought in…managers appointed with no clue of Championship demands…experienced and loyal staff leaving and the fans treated as ‘customers’….respected people in football shake their heads in dis-belief at what has happened.
    At least we’ll have the best pitch and stadium in League 1 but gate numbers will really really suffer !!!!

    Thank you Roland, Katrien and Richard you’ve killed Charlton !!!!

    May 9, 2016
  5. Lucy Persechino #

    While the current owners are in charge no decent British manager will accept the job, my fear is we will have a relegation battle next season before Rolly sells up.
    Very much making us another Blackpool
    Any decent manager will want to pick his own staff, players to sign and given a decent contract as we know Rolly does not like to pay compensation.
    There are talented players like Josh Windass who would helps us rebuild, with Johnnie Jackson in the coaching staff and Curbs back again, oh I can dream!

    So League 2 beckons for my beloved Charlton, please Rolly sell up!

    May 9, 2016
  6. I see in the same SLP article about Wilder it states that Lennie Lawrence has been interviewed for the job of Football Director. I wonder if the wording “interviewed’ comes from an over keen SLP reporter or pants on fire Miere?

    May 9, 2016
    • Lawrence like Riga apparently was less convinced that RD is for turning.

      May 9, 2016
  7. Although the job of managing CAFC in one sense will no doubt prove tempting to any ambitious manager (wherever they are from) that sense is rooted in the club that existed before Duchatelet arrived rather than the current shambolic and degraded shell that he and the CEO are responsible for. Any potential candidate for the head coach/manager position, if they have any sense at all, will have to think extremely carefully about working for Duchatelet. Whatever assurances/changes he (Duchatelet) and Meire offer cannot be taken at face value. Why on earth would someone such as Wilder whose star is, so to speak, currently rising, plunge himself into the black hole of CAFC?. Fortunes can change very quickly in football but there is no evidence to suggest that the necessary fundamental changes are going to happen and for me the question remains as to just how much further CAFC will sink under this owner.

    May 9, 2016
    • Interesting that Wilder is said to already have met RD. Lord Lucan is harder to set up a meeting with.

      Either Wilder is naive in his demands of control, has been hidden under a rock and has no idea what a basket card we are, is chasing the money or has been sold a dummy bigger than the LIAR flag!

      May 9, 2016
      • I see that Wilder is listed as manager of Northampton Town and Knill as assistant manager. The last manager that we had was of course Chris Powell so the pursuit of Wilder (assuming that he will demand both the title of manager and the requisite powers over recruitment) is a massive climb-down for the one who does it ‘his way’ and a stark admission of the failure of his network project.
        I can only guess that the actual and projected financial losses brought about by Duchatelet’s mismanagement coupled with the hugely successful protest campaign have forced his hand. Meire still has to go but I’m not hopeful of that. The questions for Wilder will surely centre on how far he feels he can trust what he is offered in terms of control and what other options he might actually have either at this time or possibly later in the summer.

        May 9, 2016
  8. Big Pete #

    didn’t he try to bring in Vignjevic last time round, but there were issues with the work permit. The sooner RD runs off the better. But with A whole host of premiership clubs considering paying £8m for mr. lookman, the deranged one might think he can still make his money back. Despite Ademola’s signing being a product of the old scouting regieme

    May 9, 2016
    • I think work permit and general mutiny amongst the players.

      May 9, 2016
  9. Mark #

    Lucy, I share your pessimism.

    Chris – though I’d love to see a British manager once again in charge at the Valley do yourself a favour….. Come on down to meet the regime, then get back up to Northampton asap and use the discussions as leverage to improve your contract at the Cobblers!
    If you have as much sense as I think you have you’ll soon see through the smiles, smirks and falsehoods of the Charlton CEO…

    Charlton is a poisoned brand within English football – probably second only to Blackpool, or perhaps even on par with them.

    May 9, 2016
  10. a2c, since you mention Chris Powell I’m wondering if you supported Duchatelet’s vile decision to sack him? Or is that the exception that proves your peculiar rule of the owner always knowing best? Each sacking bringing about an improvement?

    May 9, 2016
  11. In case anyone’s curious my comment was in response to more of the same from the resident parrot.

    May 9, 2016
  12. Martin Cowan #

    Have to say, this is encouraging news, if Wilder is going to be allowed to have the autonomy he needs. Or of course, this appointment (giving the peasants what they want) could be more of the same type of knee-jerk decision-making that brought Johnson, Poyet and Riga back to the Valley…

    May 9, 2016

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