Guy Luzon gets a back page splash in the Football League Paper and says that he is confident in his own ability to quick alter fans' views of him.
Well, maybe, if we get a run of good results. However, Charlton fans know that the greatest periods in their history have come with managerial stability: Jimmy Seed, Alan Curbishley (and backs against the wall) Lennie Lawrence. Incidentally, the Derek Ufton interviews in Voice of the Valley have been fascinating in terms of the replacement of Seed by Trotter. Ufton revealed that Seed had developed a liking for an occasional drink, but confirmed my long held view that Trotter was the wrong replacement.
However, I must not start reminiscing about Sunday morning chats between fans about the Seed v. Trotter rivalry against the background of the hissing gas lights in my uncle's newsagents in Lakedale Road. Let's focus on Luzon.
Luzon states: 'When I arrived in Belgium some of the people didn't think I was experienced in Belgian football, but in my first year there we did well. Mr Duchatelet sacked me because in my second year at Standard Liege we replaced all the players and we knew that we needed time to improve the team because it was totally new. [This does strike me as an odd way of running a club]. But Standard Liege is a big club and the fans didn't have the patience to wait.'
'We have a good relationship and if he didn't trust me I wouldn't be here, but he seems to trust me and knows my quality and that is why I am here. We don't need to think about my position, my position is not important, it is important that the team collect points'.
Luzon cites Avram Grant as his 'inspiration': 'Avram is my friend as he is from the same city, Petah Tikva, and he was the first Israeli coach in the Premier League.'
We shall see. Yesterday the Covered End was chanting 'We are Charlton's Red Army.'