Charlton fans have been disappointed at the failure of a Mr Big to arrive at The Valley with a big wad of readies to sort out the club's problems. Evidently Peter Varney's powerpoint presentation is not as convincing as Iain Dowie's DVD which landed him the manager's job at The Valley.
However, things are not as bad as they are at Southampton. The Saints are in real danger of being wound up within a week. And the mystery backer behind the Pinnacle consortium that has been trying to buy the club turns out to be a lettings agent from North London who lives with his mum and dad. Dad was a cab driver, but mum Sandra did own a lingerie store called Pretty Things in nearby Cockfosters (which as Joe the Saint points out is 'the end of the line'.
We predict that next week Kevin Portch will launch his bid for Charlton.