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DJ & Lavelle moved on. No replacement

Thomas Sandgaard completed his cost cutting on the chime of 11pm tonight as both Diallang Jaiyesimi and Sam Lavelle were sent on loan to AFC Wimbledon and Burton respectively.

Incredibly DJ was still allowed to move out even though Wigan winger Gwion Edwards’ move to SE7 collapsed, supposedly due to a medical issue.

We leave the January transfer window with one less centre-back, two less wingers, one less midfielder, an injured loan right back and just three forwards, one of whom is injured. Of course.

That is a bang up job done by Andy Scott, with great support from Steve Gallen, and the brains behind the whole machine, Martin Sandgaard.

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  1. houndal #

    Scott has done his job.
    He lied through his teeth (remember to interview he gave in December saying he had funds for recruitment) but has ultimately done TS bidding. At least we know where the Man U £500k is going….

    January 31, 2023
  2. Christopher #


    February 1, 2023
  3. Clive Stanyon #

    This was always going to be an exercise in cutting the wage bill. I don’t think that we honestly expected anything else. Those who did were being incredibly naive.

    From the owners, either existing, or incoming, point of view, there were players, some on long-term contracts, that were not even sitting on the bench. Of those who have gone only O’Connell made the last match squad. His departure, I guess, was more his choice. Wrexham will both play him and pay him more money. The rest were just contributing to our financial problems. We are certainly not going up and, if recent form is anything to go by, not going down either, so this is all a temporary measure until a deal is done behind the scenes.

    February 1, 2023
    • Alan Bamber #

      I like this reply, I posted something similar on Twitter earlier. I’m looking at all the loan deals and short term contracts and hoping that for once, Charlton are bringing in the right type of owners/investors to do a rebuild job in the summer and are trimming the squad and having an option to offer better deals to the new signings if they prove themselves between now and the end of the season.

      Knowing Charlton, my optimism is probably misplaced and we are just stuck with an owner who has either run out of money or run out of interest!

      February 1, 2023
  4. greg brown #

    Ambition…….what ambition?….The whole board, Owner and recruitment team deserve to see the club relegated… hurts for me to say that as a supporter for 50 odd years. Thought I had seen it all in transfer windows, but this one takes the biscuit. Now a depleted squad not strengthened. Total shambles.

    February 1, 2023
  5. john #

    I agree with every thing you say.will not renew my season ticket what for.

    February 1, 2023
  6. I have 2 sons who play semi-pro and you see this a lot at that level where Chairman indirectly influence team selection and squads by making noise about players on high wages not playing. Ultimately why Stockley, Lavelle and O’Connell and probably DJ have been moved on. To be fair Stockley should have gone last year when it was known he had the wrong striker profile for the adopted playing style.
    Like Terrel Thomas the Michael Hector signing seems a little out of desperation as I thing he’s only played 8 times in 2 years, and wasn’t signed by Sheffield Wednesday after thorough fitness testing.
    Totally unclear why Andy Scott was needed to oversee this ultimately shambolic window, unless of course he was on a percentage of incoming funds.

    February 1, 2023
  7. NA4Y #

    Good window for outs considering the situation we are in – seriously! Only one that is a shame is O’Connell to Hollywood (Think I might buy a Wrexham shirt) otherwise all other players have moved ‘down’ in playing level. What is disappointing is that ZERO investment has been made in the team apart from gambles on loans and out of contract players who may or may not improve the team. But at least we’ve managed to keep the current match squad and promising youngsters for the time being. As stated by Clive earlier it looks like neither up or down for this season whilst ownership / investment is up in the air

    February 1, 2023
  8. Up the addicts los #

    I see it as trimming the squad .. these players who left were not playing and got heavily criticised by fans. Academy players are performing better in their place and we have kept hold of them, in previous transfer windows they have been sold . O’Connell was the odd one , but can see the reasons, fee received for a free transfer, more football and security for the player. That’s football business..
    The players who have come in have higher league experience.. I recall the fans saying that is what is needed.
    Don’t be fooled by free transfers , there always signing on fees for the players and their agents..
    Kane was unlucky to get injured.. u can’t plan for that .. just bad luck.
    We are not going to get relegated or promoted… so now is the time to transition.
    Yes the ownership needs to be sorted by the summer otherwise we will be in trouble .
    So be realistic and get behind the club.
    I do believe it will get better … only a month ago.. we were in a relegation battle.

    February 1, 2023
  9. Trevor #

    Just to provide a degree of balance to those out there who can only find the negatives in yesterdays transfers!!

    Out The Door:


    All brought in from teams in League 1 or 2, in my mind they reflect what we’ve become…….an average League 1 team (but what else would we expect?)

    Now the painful bit

    I really like both and in my humble opinion both could hold their own in the Championship, but sadly JFK didn’t tick either Garner’s or Holden’s boxes (I’m still intrigued as to whether the injuries took their toll on JFK, as he deserved to be in my team every day) and Stockley clearly wasn’t part of Dean Holden’s plans.

    So farewell and good luck to both, particularly JFK it’ll be great if he reaches those POTY heights again.

    In The Door


    Collectively this lot have accumulated nearly 500 games in the Championship + some Premiership games.

    So the equation for me is simple, has Dean Holden improved the quality of the squad during this transfer window, a resounding yes from me (5 in from Championship and 5 out from league 1/2). Has he improved the depth of the squad? In numbers obviously not, but he’s been clever in terms of the positions of the newbies and I can’t wait to see Kilkenny and Hector in particular. (oh and Sessegnon playing at RB)

    Dean’s started to form his squad, so lets all get behind him and hopefully enjoy watching it unfold on the pitch



    February 1, 2023
    • All fair points Trevor.

      Key for me in the cold light of day is that we kept the players from what has been the recent first team. Plus importantly Dobson, Leaburn, Ness & Wollacott were not flogged.

      February 1, 2023
      • Trev #

        100% Absolutely, immediately I sent my message I regretted not adding those sentiments.
        Which is why in the cold light of day, yesterday wasn’t as bad as people are making out!

        February 1, 2023

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