We shall quickly sum up our “banter years” under Roland by date and events that happened, Chairman Roland and CEO- Katrien had previously dropped some clangers and here’s some of there best moments and important dates along the way.
30th of November 2014 – Chris Powell, who recently left the club, has worked with a few fans to produce a podcast called “getting to know the network.” During the wonderful work made by the fans they discovered an email sent by the new chairman to Chris Powell explaining the new tactics and players he should use in the near future, in the process outing Charlton fan favourites Yann Kermorgant and Chris Solly, instead bringing in players of the chairman’s liking.
TRANSFERS – Charlton under Roland had made a few strange signings, ironically all from other clubs owned by the Belgian man. Loic Nego (Ujpest) Astrit Ajardavic ( Standard) Anil Koc ( Standard) and Yohann Thurham ( Standard) had all come in to help ” boost” Charlton’s chances of survival. Sadly Charlton lost key men such as Dale Stephens, Yann Kermorgant and Michael Morrison too quickly for some Charlton fans for minimal or non existent fees.
12th of January 2015 – Former Millwall man Bob Peeters is sacked by Charlton after failing to win in 10 games with striker Igor Vetokele and ex Reading man Andre Bikey picking up long term injuries. Katrien Miere promised fans that ” interviews will take place” however just one day later former Standard manager Guy Luzon was appointed as manager on a full time deal ( shock)
June 2016 – Charlton are relegated from the Championship after a late battle under returned boss Jose Riga, Riga the only real ” network” man to be loved by Charlton fans who truly bought into Charlton’s way and community. Riga successfully kept the club up 2 years previously. Riga sadly couldn’t this time but was backed to keep his job by Charlton fans however Katrien thought otherwise and turned to former Cardiff City yes man Russell Slade, who lasted less than 6 months at Charlton.
Now for a personal favourite and id thought id leave it till last. Chief Exec Katrien Miere was on a panel at a football event in Ireland where she was asked why the Charlton fans weren’t keen on her and her leadership. ” The fans need to remember that they are just customers of a football club” claimed Miere, ” you wouldn’t go into a restaurant complain about the food and then blame the restaurant owner” ( surely you would).
Now we shall join the club at a modern time stamp and maybe we have a new time on the horizon, with Richard Murray ( director) announcing a fee had been agreed with a party to take the club back from the Belgians hands but lets have a brief catch up.
24th of November 2017 – Karl Robinson enters the football club after leaving Milton Keynes, Charlton’s season sits in danger of facing another year of relegation battling and with a small and injury prone squad is it possible for Robinson to turn this club around? ( ill break the news gently, we may be on the right track!) A 13th place finish saw Robinson finish the season with a flourish despite losing Ademola Lookman to Premier League club Everton, Lead by Northern Irish man Josh Magennis and Captain fantastic Johnnie Jackson Charlton pulled themselves out of trouble and ready for another bite at League One football.
This season things are looking bright at last at The Valley, Robinson freshened his squad with signings like Tarique Fosu (Reading) a returning Jay Da Silva (Chelsea) and Ben Reeves who followed him from fellow league on club Milton Keynes and former Bradford wide man Mark Marshall.
Robinson spoke during the summer about fans and the club forgetting the issues and concentrating on the football on the pitch, one thing his team have definitely done this season, Charlton currently sit in 7th place in the league 2 points behind Plymouth with 2 games in hand over the Cornish side, Charlton have collected some smart points this season with points against Wigan, Bradford and Rotherham away from home with all 3 occupying Play off spots currently.
But with off field issues surrounding the club in recent year Charlton have sadly been on a step decline. Under Chris Powell Charlton achieved a 8th place finish in the Championship back in 2013 but have since been relegated and have had 6 different managers in under 4 seasons.( Jose Riga, Bob Peeters, Guy Luzon, Jose Riga,Russell Slade and Karl Robinson).
However, times may be changing in South London after the chief Executive Katrien Miere finally caved to fans pressure and left the club and now finds herself working with Sheffield Wednesday. Charlton owner Roland Duchatelet announced during January that he too had given up and had finally, after years of protest, agreed to sell the club in the coming months to the ” right buyer”, and with a deal rumoured to be close things may be starting to look bright for Addicks fans around the world.
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