Karl Robinson has never been short of a word or three but his assessments of Charlton and Johnnie Jackson in particular before and after their win over us yesterday was insightful and interesting.
Robinson was marmite to Charlton fans, but had the reins at The Valley in a difficult time for the club. He’s marathon pressers used to send you to sleep or to despair, but there was no denying he was fully committed, honest and was to a fault committed to his own playing style. At this level he can spot a talent too.
Still only 41 he has managed almost 650 games and was a student of the Liverpool way at Anfield when just in his 20’s and should be a good role model for young managers and coaches making their way in the lower couple of divisions.
His views on the club might not be welcome by Thomas Sandgaard, but Robinson is another person within the game that understands it and the running of the club better than the Dane.
If any Oxford fans are reading this, I want to add my condolences to the passing of Joey Beauchamp, who was wonderful talent. Just 50 years old. Too young. RIP.
Karl is a totally honest manager and has a very wise and diplomatic approach when required.
I was delighted to speak with him on Saturday and pleased that he remembers staff when he was our manager.
I’m delighted with his progress and although we played badly his team were so organised and his strikes did the business.
My sincere condolences go to the family of Joey Beauchamp and to the supporters of Oxford.