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New home kit

I’ve long since grown too fat old to worry about football kits, my only wish is that they get the home red just right.

However I do like this new Castore home number, based I believe on the early 1990’s ‘Woolwich shirt.’

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Welcome Conor McGrandles

A surprise late signing tonight when not long after the club unveiled it’s new website, the first news article which looked like a test page, announced a new signing.

That is 26-year old midfield playmaker Conor McGrandles. Falkirk born McGrandles turned down a new contract with Lincoln City and in a ‘Dale Stephens move’ signed a three-year contract with Charlton after declaring he was homesick.

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Maynard-Brewer loaned to Gillingham

That might explain why Ashley Maynard-Brewer wasn’t in Spain, although I think he was spotted in Australia, The Highlands and Tesco in Dartford.

Another transfer move that swung under the radar today with AMB moving to Gillingham for the season, although the Addicks do have a recall option.

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More back room staff leave

And by all accounts not of their own making. COO Brian Jokat, appointed by Thomas Sandgaard fell on his sword last week because he didn’t play well with interference from Raelynn Sandgaard, allegedly.

Raelynn seems to be ‘lady’ with no portfolio at the club and I’m intrigued seeing her influence grow. Today other members of the commercial team were made redundant, some employed recently by Jokat, others hired by Sandgaard.

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One change and one no change

Remember this guy ⬅️?

Brian Jokat was appointed as Chief Operating Officer 8 weeks ago, and now news reaches us that he left the club this week.

We are now counting on our second hand the amount of senior level hires that Thomas Sandgaard has made and then dispensed with

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Always believing

I think hand on heart we had all been waiting for this announcement, yet it still hurts all the same.

“Charlton Athletic can confirm the departure of men’s First-Team Coach Jason Euell.” (more)

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Joe Wollacott signing raises question over MacGillivray

Interesting new signing today. Once again Thomas and the black box analytics team have raided Swindon Town and signed the 25-year old Ghana international goalkeeper Joe Wollacott on a three-year deal.

Wollacott is still young for a goalkeeper but prior to one season at Swindon had spent his whole career in non-league after coming through the Bristol City academy.

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Stanley!

The Addicks’ first game of the season will be away at Accrington Stanley. The 5,450 capacity Wham Stadium will welcome Ben Garner’s new look team on Saturday 30th July.

Next up is Derby County at The Valley, possibly a good time to play them with or without Wayne Rooney. Sheffield Wednesday follows and August looks tough, but we have to play everyone twice whatever.

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Graham Tutt RIP

Very sad news broke tonight about the passing of Graham Tutt. The former Addicks’ goalkeeper died after suffering complications following recent heart surgery. Graham was 65.

Graham Tutt is the first name of the team I can name verbatim from my very first Charlton game versus Sunderland in 1975 at The Valley. Ironically it was at the reverse game at Roker Park on 21st February, 1976 that Graham suffered his awful career ending injury all in front of the Match of Day cameras. He was just 19, with a prosperous career ahead of him.

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Welcome Mandela Egbo

Seems like a confident young lad. Attacking right back Mandela Egbo became the club’s second summer signing today penning a two-year contract with an option of a third.

The 24-year old was at Swindon at the end of last season under Ben Garner, signed just to keep fit initially, but Egbo had a star run in the team as Swindon made it into the L2 play-off’s.

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Scott Lindsay appointed Swindon manager

Widely expected to join Ben Garner at The Valley, Scott Lindsay has been appointed as Swindon’s new manager.

Lindsay and Garner’s other previous assistant coach Scott Marshall were expected to leave Swindon once compensation was agreed, but in what could turn out to be a clever move Town have made Lindsay their new manager. It is not known if Marshall will remain at Swindon in a new role as well.

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Welcome Eoghan O’Connell

There was rumours of a couple of not so familiar faces at the first day of training at Sparrows Lane today. Eoghan O’Connell wasn’t one of them, but the club announced the Rochdale captain as a new signing this evening.

The 26-year old Cork-born ball playing centre-half is the Addicks first summer signing hopefully signalling some further activity this week.

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An upgrade in optimism

After seeing some of the good work going on at Sparrows Lane I decided to leave off picking on Thomas Sandgaard for a while. The investment the owner along with Valley Gold has made at Sparrows Lane is transformational. The new buildings and great improvement to the infrastructure at the training ground is impressive, even more so knowing that the land and the facility is owned by Roland Duchatelet.

The new environment can’t help but to bring fresh optimism, culture and ambition when Ben Garner meets his players for the first time in person next week.

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Jason Pearce retires from playing

Former club captain Jason Pearce has taken a coaching role with the Addicks’ academy and will work with the U18’s. Interview here: Pearce retires.

Pearce has decided to retire, after turning down a couple of playing opportunities elsewhere, including some local club offers, to join the academy coaching staff at Charlton and will work with Hamza Serrar and the exciting group of U18’s.

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Ben Purrington leaves

I’m quite sad about this, and his departing words brought a little tear to my eye. That goal at Wembley was of our greatest moments.

Prior to Ben Garner arriving we were led to believe that Purrington and his agent were in discussions to sign a new contract, so it could be that Purrington has a better offer or that Garner pulled the rug, whatever we are now even shorter on defenders as we start pre-season this week.

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