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Fakeover update

There was a Fans Forum meeting last week. Lievan de Turck (LdT) was again in SE7 full of apologies and shrugs.

This time though Ben Hayes from Bromley Addicks led a much stronger range of questioning of Duchatelet’s puppet and there was some interesting ripostes. CL notes from here and CAFC here.

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Blog stats from 2018

In early January 2018 my millionth visitor clicked on this Blog. Prior to my move to WordPress in August 2010, I was less popular but still had 350,000 visits when my Blog was hosted by Blogger. In 2018 these pages had 177,649 visits, which means I have passed the 1,500,000 mark. Something to be proud off. And thank you.

Last year’s visit total was up on 2017 by 27%, although not quite as good as my record ever count in 2016.

I was pretty consistent in my output writing on average 17 posts a month. My most active being 20 in January. I did 14 in November. I wrote 207 in total, and still manage to hold down a full-time job!

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Who is the real Andrew Muir?

Australian writer John Stensholt recently interviewed Andrew Muir mostly about his healthy food crusade with primary school kids working alongside British chef and all round good bloke Jamie Oliver.

In that interview Stensholt says that Muir was “erroneously” linked with a bid to buy Charlton Athletic. I assume they were Muir’s words not thrown in by The Australian’s sub-editors.

Who an earth are you Andrew and what do you want? And why if I Google your name, you are far more recognized for being seen wearing a Charlton scarf stood in the The Valley’s west stand, than being a man keen to change the way kids eat at school in Australia. Just weird, as Roly would say.

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Gerard Murphy

Widely expected to become Charlton’s new CEO, which frankly almost anyone could fill the seat better than the last person in that role, I thought I’d snoop around a bit to see what we can find out about the prominent Australian sports consultant Gerard Murphy.

Murphy has specialized in turning around and shaping businesses with a sports bent for almost 20 years and has his own consultancy business and has past involvement in a wide range of sports teams down under. He has been recognized as being a catalyst for success for sporting organisations such Aussie Rules clubs Geelong, Hawthorn, Sydney and Richmond plus rugby union teams Wellington Hurricanes and Melbourne Rebels, who high compete in the high profile Southern Hemisphere tournament Super 15.

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Counting the days

Quite ironic isn’t it that we still have the crackpot nutty professor in charge yet new owners wait on passing the EFL’s ‘Fit and Proper Persons’ test. Andrew Muir’s Australian group plan to complete the takeover of the club within the next couple of weeks, all depending on how long the EFL take to do whatever it is they do.

Undercover work by one Addick has unearthed a newly established UK company called Echidna Acquisitions registered by expected CEO Gerard Murphy on April 30th with Australian Football Consortium as shareholder. Two plus two would tell us that this is the vehicle the Aussies will use to acquire the club.

Charlton fan James Dutton, who is Jimmy Seed’s grandson has added some more, seemingly positive vibes, on his Blog here.

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It’s the hope that kills you

Struggled today after last night’s disappointment. Hopefully the players are thinking more positively but Sunday is going to need a top Charlton performance, one not just of steely determination and passion, but from somewhere we have to get goals. Pearce’s backside and an Amos big goal kick have provided our only goals in the last 4 games.

On the flip side, it was only a perfect strike from Nolan that broke our defensive stronghold, and Amos again looked confident in goal. We all know what it takes, and I am sure 1,500 noisy Addicks will provide tremendous backing on Sunday afternoon in Shropshire.

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