Brought to our knees
“Charlton say that austerity is necessary to “restore the financial health of the club”. But Duchatelet has brought Charlton Athletic to its knees over the last four years, demeaning the club with every misjudged cut, sale, sacking and bad appointment. Staff that leave now are rarely replaced and the whole club is desperate for profound change and renewal. For the long-term survival of Charlton Athletic, all that matters is Duchatelet finally selling this club on to people who can take better care of it.”
From the excellent article in today’s Independent written by Jack Pitt-Brooke.
The eve of the new football season, my 43rd as an Addick, and I don’t think I’ve ever felt so meh. We’ve had some desperate times under Duchatelet but this is taking the biscuit, and that Independent article is one depressing read.
When the club issued the squad numbers the other day there were 26 players included. 8 of those are injured, 6 long term. Of the 18 players fit, 9 are 21-years old or younger. The two players with the most appearances, Grant and Hackett-Fairchild, will be our front line tomorrow in front of 30,000 at the Stadium of Light. It is expected that we won’t be able to have the full compliment of 7 substitutes on the bench.
I make that it that we are down 10 first team players on the squad that ended last season with returning loans, players sold, released and Jacko retiring. I don’t think we have ever had a summer transfer window with just two additions, both of whom are not expected to play tomorrow, and we spent the whole of last season bemoaning the size and quality of the squad. This is whole different level of lack of resources.
Yet Lee Bowyer and Johnnie Jackson over saw a decent pre-season, it’s never about the results of friendlies, but the siege mentality and team spirit and belief that Bowyer champions and has propagated since he came in. Lennie, Curbs and Sir Chris have all used adversity to bring success, but even Lennie didn’t have to deal with the total lack of support, leadership and direction that Duchatelet and Murray are giving him. And the Aussies are culpable as well. What an earth is their game?
It’s still a new season, and it will always be our club. To those making their way up to Sunderland today and in the morning, you have my utmost admiration. Make some noise, let’s get the cancer out of our club and back those that wear the yellow shirt tomorrow and the two Charlton men on the sidelines.
Come on you Addicks.