Thursday, 24 July 2014

No meetings with Katrien

It is evident that neither the CAS Trust nor the 'Royal Oak' group have yet with Charlton's chief executive: Meetings

The Royal Oak group was largely based around the old Valley Party. The CAS Trust has a representative structure and says it has a good relationship 'at the operational level' with the club, whatever that means.

Following remarks by Bob Peeters last night, which were commendably transparent, it looks as if Reza doesn't want to stay at the club, although a deal for a move to the Middle East fell through. It's always a mistake to hang on to players who don't want to stay and in Reza's case I think that he has found the pace and physicality of the Championship quite difficult.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Cambridge pleased with Lennon loan

Cambridge United are pleased with their six month loan of Harry Lennon, having beaten off competition from other clubs: Lennon

Hopefully it will give him valuable competitive match experience and enable him to develop as a player.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Soon time to head down those tracks

The arrival of my CAFC Picks and West Sussex CASC Badger League entries reminds me that it will soon be time to get on the train at London Bridge and head down the line to Charlton. In its literature The Shard points to The New Den as one of the landmarks, but does say 'it is the most feared football stadium in London.'

I will have more difficulty than usual in making my end-of-season forecast. The players and the manager are untested. However, having failed to make as much as they wanted of the defeat at Welling, the pessimists have piped down in the last week or two as promising new players have arrived.

If you pressed me, I would say solid mid-table, with more chance of reaching the play offs than being relegated.

Monday, 21 July 2014

It looks like Henderson

When we first trailed the news that Stephen Henderson might sign as goalkeeper for the Addicks, it was not greeted with much enthusiasm by the Addickted, but a number of reports over the last 24 hours suggest that the deal might soon be done: Henderson .

The official site has now confirmed that he has signed: Henderson. They are quicker off the mark than usual. Often they wait until the new player has his Oyster card, but Henderson would have one already.

One signing that would require an Oyster card is an African winger said to be in on trial, but I have no details or confirmation.

We have been linked with the PSG striker Jean-Christophe Bahebeck: Bahebeck. The rumour mill is suggesting that a £1m offer was turned down, although other reports say that it was intended to be a loan.

A report of our win over Atletico Club de Portugal can be found here: Report. The Currant Bun had it down as a win over Atletico Madrid. If only.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Reza rumours

Rumours have been circulating that Reza Ghoochannejhad is to be sold, or has already been sold, possibly to a club in the Middle East. I can't find any backing for these rumours. That is not to say that it won't happen, but usually it is possible to track down some kind of source, even if it is of dubious reliability. Of course, if it is a Middle Eastern club, the usual sources may not work.

There were reports at the beginning of the month that he was to be sold to Blackpool, to be reunited with José Riga, but the Seasiders have not managed to sign anyone.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Red, Red Robin

Rumours have been circulating that the playing of the Red, Red Robin before home games is to be dropped. The rumours appear to have no basis.

However, it has sparked an interesting debate among fans and more of a division of opinion than I expected. It is clear that some fans don't like the song and, more specifically, they think that it does not provide the right intimidating, pumped up atmosphere before games. It has also been pointed out that we are not 'Robins' any more.

It's not clear what would, although there have been various suggestions. Mull of Kintyre is one suggestion, but I don't think that it would provide what is needed, even though the crowd could sing along with 'Valley Floyd Road'.

A compromise might be to play Red, Red Robin in the pre-match build up. For me, it is part of going to The Valley and I'm not sure that the music the players come out to really has much impact on performance.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Seagulls and Addicks chase Henderson

One of the last pieces in the jigsaw for next season is an experienced keeper. Charlton are hoping to sign West Han keeper Stephen Henderson on loan if the clubs can agree a percentage payment on his wages which are 20k a week. (Not good value in my view). However, they may be beaten to it by Brighton who hope to secure his signature for the season.

Four of the Irishman's family have been keepers: Career