Saturday, 1 August 2015

Second favourites for relegation?

I have been away in the Orkney Islands for a few days and have come back to find Charlton named as second favourites for relegation: Relegation

Is there any sound basis for this? I would have been more worried if Cousins and Gudmundsson, both targets for other clubs, had gone. Having said that, I have less of a sense of how the season might go than for a long time. However, I do think that a mid-table position is more likely than either promotion or relegation.

Like all such games, the 2-2 draw at Bolton in the pre-season friendly doesn't tell us much one way or the other.

Some fans are concerned about the lack of Championship experience of the new signings. I think that the distinctiveness of the Championship is sometimes overstated. The game is still played with a spherical ball, there are eleven players, the goals are the same size, as is the pitch (more or less) and the referees are just as inconsistent. Probably a more practical concern is how long it will take the new players to gell.

The football season in the Orkneys is coming to a close with the final of the Parishes Cup soon to be held, Stromness having won through for the first time in many years.

I think that I have a bit of a trek to The Valley, but I noticed an advert in the Orcadian for the Rangers supporters club, referring to the 'usual travel arrangements'. Asking what these might be, I was told that it involved an often storm tossed boat to Aberdeen and then a coach to Glasgow.

Meanwhile, I await the arrival of my season ticket card, accompanied, I am told, by an effusive message from Katrien. Let's hope it works in the turnstiles.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Naby Sarr to Charlton?

French central defender Naby Sarr is reported to be joining Charlton in a €2m deal from Sporting Club de Portugal: Naby Sarr

Friday, 24 July 2015

Massive departure

Reports are circulating that Rhoys Wiggins is departing for Sheffield Wednesday in a £750,000 deal.

There is now increased competition for the left back spot, while the proneness of Wiggins to injury has raised doubts about him.

The case for retaining Wiggins is put here: Rhoys Wiggins

Owls away day could cost you

You had better start saving up now if you are thinking of going away to Sheffield Wednesday. New owner Dejphon Chansiri has introduced a new pricing structure. Bristol City fans are thinking of staying away from their first game back in the Championship after being told it would cost them £39 to get into Hillsborough: Expensive day out

The one saving grace is that the price depends on the perceived quality of the opposition so Reading fans will pay just £25. Given that Charlton are dwarfed by the massiveness of the Owls, we might get away with even less.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Four year deal for Cousins

Richard Cawley of the South London Press reports that a four year deal for Jordan Cousins is in the offing: Jordan Cousins

Cawley's recent predictions have been spot on, so this looks like more good news. Other clubs have shown an interest in Cousins.

Deal done on Bergdich

According to a tweet by Richard Cawley of the South London Press, Charlton have concluded a transfer deal with Real Vallodold over Zag Bergdich. It will be a long-term contract.

On James Henry, Cawley says that Wolves want more than £500,000 even though his contract has just twelve months to run.

Cawley has also tweeted that Southend have made a bid for Joe Pigott, but it doesn't meet Charlton's valuation.

Cristian Cabellos has signed. He was with Barcelona and then moved on to the Spurs development squad, before a loan spell in Portugal. A midfielder, he can also play at centre forward: Cabellos

Gudmundsson contract extension shows ambition

Guy Luzon believes that Johann Gudmundsson's four year contract extension shows the extent of Charlton's ambition: Gudmundsson

One Addick commented that it was the best news of the summer so far and he is not far wrong.