Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Saturday may be the only opportunity to act

Saturday may be the only opportunity to act against the current regime at Charlton, according to a tweet from Voice of the Valley editor Rick Everitt. He sets out his argument in full, and why he thinks a takeover that would release resources would be possible in the January takeover window here: Last chance saloon. As Airman Brown, he has suggested on Charlton Life a sit down protest after the game outside the boardroom window.

Other fans are planning a protest outside the West Stand at 2.30 p.m.

I doubt whether the Belgians are prepared to either sell the club, as is evident from the way in which they treated Peter Varney, or change their strategy.

Unfortunately, the consequence is that many fans will vote with their feet, as is already happening. This will, of course, further weaken the club and make it less attractive for any future prospective purchaser.

At the moment we have a perfect storm, poor performances on the pitch accompanied by a lack of real fan engagement.

7 comments:

WattO said...

What exactly they are protesting about? Is it the lack of investment in players, the choice and/or turnover of managers, the absence of the owner at the Club, the inexperienced CEO? I don't see it making one jot of difference to the owner's investment strategy. Instead, it will attract more negative media attention to the club, and we don't need any more of that right now. I must say the owner's ideas appear unfathomable: hiring managers you have previously sacked; sacking managers that did a good job for you; hiring third rate managers; buying young, cheap, inexperienced foreign players. It would be nice to think that a demo will cause the owner to come out of hiding, and explain some of his wacky decisions and to share his vision for Charlton Athletic with the fans, but I don't see that happening. I fear it will be Division One for the 2016/17 season.

:-(

oligab said...

As Wyn suggests the perfect storm . My biggest concern in all of this is whether RD really gives a toss anymore or whether he ever did ? One would like to imagine his football "experiment" should be his hobby , his escapism , his enjoyment and dare I say his passion.
Wyn with your contacts can`t you arrange for the British Intelligence Authorities to offer some kind of secret surveillance to really find out what this Guy is all about as apart from the distressing situation we are now in, like many others I am actually also intrigued by this mans actions!!

Wyn Grant said...

I doubt whether he would be of any interest to the security services. He is just someone who has been very successful in business and thinks that he can apply that skill set to football. It's unlikely to be any more successful than his venture into politics. Some of his ideas are not without merit, but are rather utopian. As for what the protesters want to achieve, presumably it is persuading Roland to sell up or, failing that, to change his strategy. Neither is very likely as he is evidently obdurate and has a low opinion of football fans. However, no doubt that those behind the protests would argue that it is better to do something than nothing, even if the hopes of success are slim.

Martin Cowan said...

Faced with near certain relegation if the present trajectory is maintained, protesting is all that is left.

Unknown said...

I think he will sell when we are relegated...but it's a bitter pill to take...

Kevin Bowler said...

I think he will sell when we are relegated...but it's a bitter pill to take...

David Goulding said...

I have said this on a number of sites and threads: although there is no guarantee of success, the ONLY possibly worthwhile action is a boycott and an extended one. This should be arranged on the understanding that it would never be unanimous or complete, but there is now enough disillusion for it to have substantial support, if rallied properly and backed up by peaceful picketing.

Anything less and the management don't even see it as a nuisance, just something to easily ignore.

David Goulding