Richard Murray has pledged that the Addicks will retain their Academy, even though they will be the only club outside the top two divisions to have one. He sees it as vital to the club's future, pointing to Jonjo Shelvey as an example of what it can produce.
After the Scott Parker days, there did seem to be quite a fallow period, but I am encouraged by this decision. I will keep my Valley Gold subscripton going.
Murray's remarks came after shareholders had approved the sale of the training ground and other asssets to directors. As he stressed, this was a 'friendly' sale and the club could buy the training ground back at any time. The houses in Lansdown Mews will hopefully be sold to keen fans. (That's my hope, not a statement from RM).
Murray emphasised that the sale was not asset stripping, but I do not think that anyone has ever made that charge.