Wednesday 31 July 2019

Roland speaks - and says nothing new

In a message on the club website, Roland Duchatelet says he is frustrated by the failure to sell Charlton as he wants to get out of football. On that, at least, we can agree: Information regarding the sale of the club

There is no new information apart from a reference to a supposedly superior American sports model where owners can make money from their franchises.

Four former players rack up £50m in transfer fees

With the transfer of Ademola Lookman, four former Charlton players have racked up £50m in transfer fees, not that we have benefited very much: Academy produces young players who make the grade

Despite 'rapidly deteriorating facilities' under Roland, the Academy remains a relatively stable part of the club.

Krystian Bielik's £10m price tag

It is being reported that Krystian Bielik has joined Derby County for £10m. So much for hopes of luring him back to The Valley. There was also interest from Italy and other Championship clubs.

There is no sign of any of the five signings required by Lee Bowyer. Any potential signings identified by the recruitment team still have to be run past Thomas Dreisen.

Phillips still haunted by error

Dillon Phillips has admitted that he is still haunted by the error he made in the play off final against Sunderland: Offers view into his mindset

It's always a case of learning from mistakes and it would seem that he is still first choice keeper.

Tuesday 30 July 2019

The same old rubbish from Roland

Roland has been on Talksport again. Ex-director Bob Whitehand commented, 'so all the buyers now walking away because of potential losses in Championship? So four/five individual buyers spent up to two years negotiating without understanding that, what total bollocks.'

Roland made clear how peeved he is at Charlton's promotion when he said that League One had a decent financial basis. In the Championship owners like him were expected to lose a lot of money.

Roland says it is the Football League's fault that he can't sell the club. There's a lot wrong with the EFL, but it is not down to them that Roland has a super-sized ego combined with poor judgment. Read more about his rant here: Belgian bitter

Nothing new, I don't know why Talksport give him air time. At least try and subject him to some rigorous questioning.

Addicks turn down Dijksteel offer

Charlton have turned down an offer from Middlesbrough for Anfernee Dijksteel, stating that he is not for sale: No to Boro

We can ill afford to let players go.

Patrick Bauer is hoping to get three points for Preston when they visit Millwall on Saturday: Charlton's rivals

Monday 29 July 2019

Ashley Maynard-Brewer shows he has what it takes

Ashley Maynard Brewer put in a stunning performance in goal when Charlton's under 23s won 1-0 at Bromley. However, he is unlikely to have many opportunities to display his skills at a higher level this season and a loan could be on the cards at some point.

He did brilliantly to deny Frankie Raymond and Luke Coulson on the half hour with successive point blank saves before doing even better to prevent Michael Cheek scoring from a toe poke a minute later.

In the second half he excellently tipped Coulson's header over the crossbar. Charlton posed a threat on the break and Toby Stevenson saw his drive from the edge of the 18 yard box deflected narrowly wide of the post.

Bush was judged to have fouled Jay Mingi in the penalty area and Vennings made no mistake from the spot.

Maynard-Brewer has now signed a new two year contract deal with the club: Extends stay until 2021

Sunday 28 July 2019

Bowyer: 'we ain't ready to compete'

In an interview with BBC Radio London, Lee Bowyer has admitted 'We ain't ready to go in and compete. Our numbers just aren't enough, we have to bring in more players.'

The shell shocked supremo said that he needed five more players. Midfield was a particularly deficiency and 'a lot of games are won and lost in the middle of the park.' Two more players were needed up front.

Referring to the bench against the Villa game, Bowyer said that Albie Morgan was not ready for the Championship. Lapslie might be ready, but there was a question mark there. Brendan hadn't even played in League One. Five or six weren't ready. 'They're kids and it wouldn't be fair to chuck them in.'

Saturday 27 July 2019

Bowyer discusses transfer frustrations

Shell shocked supremo Lee Bowyer discusses the frustrations he is facing in the transfer market with good players slipping through his fingers as Charlton are outbid: Competing in the transfer market

Midfielders and two more strikers are the priorities.

Villa win 4-1 in Solly testimonial

Aston Villa beat Charlton 4-1 at The Valley this afternoon in front of a crowd of 7,532 for the Chris Solly testimonial. Some 3,000 fans made the journey from the Midlands.

The Addicks started brightly. But the best efforts on goal came from the visitors, with Jack Grealish, Conor Hourihane and John McGinn going close. And the team’s Premier League class shone through after 37 minutes, when from a slide-rule pass from Grealish, El Ghazi deftly sidestepped goalkeeper Dillon Phillips to leave an easy finish. Dutch winger El Ghazi, 24, on loan from Lille for last season’s Championship campaign, completed a permanent switch to Villa for £8m over the summer.

Ahmed El Mohamady almost made it two on the stroke of half-time, heading just wide. Andre Green scored for Villa on 55 minutes followed by McGinn two minutes later.

Lyle Taylor pulled one back for Charlton from the penalty spot after he was fouled by former Addick Ezri Konsa, but McGinn added the fourth for the visitors.

Fans are concerned that, without further signings, we have a League One midfield.

Charlton to survive - just

Charlton will finish 21st in the Championship according to Four Four Two magazine. They say, 'Lee Bowyer has done a fine job and can help the Addicks survive with signings like defender Tom Lockyer and Leyton Orient hotshot Macauley Bonne.'

Journo Louis Mendez writes the fan file and says, 'We will finish 18th. It will be a battle.'

Mendez reckons Charlton's most underrated player is Anfernee Dijksteel. He says that our key player will be Lyle Taylor: 'Goals, energy and a fair few assists too.'

Mendez states, 'The fans' opinion of the gaffer is that he's improved players and built a decent squad on a shoestring. He likes to keep things simple and isn't afraid to make tactical alterations.'

Four Four Two forecasts that Millwall will finish 24th. Their fan says, 'My head says we will struggle to stay up.'

Friday 26 July 2019

Charlton interested in forward

Charlton are one of a number of clubs interested in Bristol City forward Matty Taylor whom the Robins may be prepared to let go as they replenish their squad: Matty Taylor

The 29-year old started his career in non-league: Career details

The Bowyer effect

Another positive story about what is happening at Charlton despite the depredations of Roland, this time from City AM: Bowyer can steer his side clear of the drop

Wednesday 24 July 2019

Bowyer competing with League One clubs for players

Lee Bowyer has told Louis Mendez of the SLP that Charlton are losing out to teams in lower divisions because of the budget he has to work with. 'We’re competing with League One clubs. That’s the reality of it.' The Addicks have been beaten to Sunderland by a striker signing (identity unknown): Beaten to it .

Bowyer has yet to make his mind up about Callum Harriott. Louis Page will be out for 2-3 weeks. Chuks Aneke could be back in training this week.

Charlton won 2-1 at Colchester last night in a late turnaround. Wiredu is claiming the winning goal. Entertaining game

The SLP site at the moment is incredibly slow. One wag remarked that we would be back in League One before a story loaded. In fact Richard Cawley forgot to wind up the clockwork before he went on holiday and Louism Mendez can't find the key.

Tuesday 23 July 2019

Charlton can defy expectations again

An in depth article from Sporting Life which argues that Charlton have defied expectations once and can do it again in the Championship: Addicks can defy expectations

Charlton have signed defender Deji Oshilaja who played for AFC Wimbledon, hailed as a 'versatile' player by Lee Bowyer: New signing

There are reports that Charlton are about to sign 28-year old midfielder Erhun Otzumer who has been caught up in the chaos at Bolton Wanderers: Seal deal for playmaker

Monday 22 July 2019

Addicks interested in McCormack

Charlton are one of a number of clubs said to be interested in 32-year old striker Ross McCormack who is a free agent after being let go by Aston Villa: Wants to stay in Britain

There were a few issues during his time at Villa: Career details

Sunday 21 July 2019

Morgan told to go out on loan

Albie Morgan has been told by Lee Bowyer to go out on loan. He will not feature in the sagacious supremo's plans for at least the first half of the season in the Championship. Bowyer thinks that the 19-year old needs to improve the defensive side of his game: Morgan told to go on loan

Saturday 20 July 2019

Hard work behind the scenes to add more bodies

Lee Bowyer talks about the challenges he faces having lost three key midfielders: Hard work behind the scenes to add more bodies

Charlton face injury problems after Lewis Page and Chuks Aneke limped out of the 3-1 defeat at Gillingham with hamstring problems: Duo withdawn

Friday 19 July 2019

Nketiah deal off

Lee Bowyer thinks it is unlikely that Arsenal starlet Eddie Nketiah will come to Charlton on a loan deal after he shone in Arsenal's pre-season tour. The forward scored the winning goal that beat Bayern Munich: Hopes fade

Attracting quality loan signings is key to Bowyer's survival strategy for the cash strapped Addicks and Charlton have struck up a good relationship with Arsenal as a place where promising youngsters can develop.

Charlton have been linked with 35-year old free agent Glenn Whelan. The midfielder left Aston Villa at the end of his contract.

Thursday 18 July 2019

Jonny Williams signs

St. Margaret's at Cliffe: Fans on the Kent coast joined in the celebrations today when it was revealed that grafter Jonny Williams had signed a one year contract with the Addicks: Good news

Charlton back to winning ways

After the disappointment at Ebbsfleet, Charlton won 4-0 at Dagenham and Redbridge last night with Brendan Wiredu impressing again: Pre-season victory

Many of us remember the FA Cup draw at home with the Daggers and the subsequent tricky replay. Curbs told me, 'They gave us a torrid time.'

Wednesday 17 July 2019

Bowyer disappointed by Ebbsfleet defeat

St. Margaret's at Cliffe: I never set much more store by pre-season friendly results, positive or negative. They are practice matches to try out different players and formations and build match fitness.

However, Lee Bowyer was left disappointed by the performance at last night's 2-1 defeat at Ebbsfleet which included a dubious penalty for the home side: Disappointing display

Return of the prodigal

St. Margaret's at Cliffe: Down the road in Kingsdown, cash strapped supremo Lee Bowyer is considering a return to Charlton for 25-year old midfielder Calum Harriott: Cast eye over former player for a couple of weeks

The news has not gone down well with many supporters, but Harriott's career at Reading was blighted by injury. With Roland's League One budget, Bowyer's options are constrained.

With the lowest budget in the Championship, loan signings will be crucial. Three central midfielders are needed with a couple of forwards: Deadline looms

Tuesday 16 July 2019

Dalman bid off

St. Margaret's at Cliffe: Welsh sources are saying that Mehmet Dalman's bid for Charlton is definitely off, in part because of the club's high level of debt: Walks away

There is now little prospect of a successful bid for some months.

Monday 15 July 2019

Bowyer discusses striker shortage

Lee Bowyer discusses the striker shortage which meant that he could not play Lyle Taylor and Macauley Bonne together in the practice match at Welling: Striker admission

In addition to the one or two signings he hopes to make this week, Bowyer is planning to use the maximum permitted number of five loan signings to strengthen the squad.

Saturday 13 July 2019

Charlton win first trophy of the season

Whether this is the legendary Crown Berger cup is open to question, but Charlton started their pre-season by beating Welling 2-0 at Park View Road.

Brendan Sarpong Wiredu put the Addicks one up after a glorious ball through from Naby Sarr. Abraham Odoh made it 2-0 with the finish from inside the area. He was signed on a loan from Tooting originally last season and then signed professional terms with Charlton in the summer.

After the break Lyle Taylor smacked one against the crossbar from inside the area. Jake Forster-Caskey had 35 minutes on the pitch in the second half. Ashley Maynard-Brewer made a decent diving save from a Welling free-kick.

According to Louis Mendez of the SLP, Lee Bowyer said he hoped to have one or two new signings next week. Leamington striker Colby Bishop will not be among them as he has signed for Accrington Stanley for an undisclosed fee. He will have to give up his job as a teacher at a local primary school.

Jonny Williams won't be one of the new signings according to Bowyer, his wages are an obstacle: Not close to signing a deal

The presence of Bowyer's Aston Martin at Welling has drawn social media comment from fans.

Everton want £22m for Lookman

Everton have turned down a renewed offer of £15m for former Addick Ademola Lookman from RB Leipzig. The Toffees value the winger at £22m. Lookman spent the second half of the 2017-18 season on loan at Leipzig where he scored five goals in 11 matches.

Charlton certainly know how to identify and develop talent. I cannot recall whether there was a sell on clause in Lookman's case or whether Roland wanted the readies up front. However, even if there is some money to come, it is open to question whether it would be added to Lee Bowyer's war chest.

Thursday 11 July 2019

Another one that got away

Former Charlton defender Ezri Konsa is expected to sign for Aston Villa today in a £12m deal. I suppose he might appear at the Chris Solly testimonial.

We sold him for £2.5m to Brentford in 2018 and as far as I know there is no sell on clause. The deal was driven by Roland's desire for cash flow. Richard Cawley of the SLP has tweeted, 'The talk at the time was that Roland Duchatelet was prepared to take more money up front instead of getting a percentage of a future sale.' However, Cawley has cautioned that this is not definitive and he is making further inquiries.

All credit to the team at Charlton for developing him as a player and good luck to him in the Premier League.

There are reports this morning that Portsmouth and Sunderland have renewed their interest in Jason Pearce who has 12 months to run on his contract. Charlton are engaged in contract talks with him. He has now signed a contract lasting until 2021.

Tuesday 9 July 2019

Bowyer hopes for Bielik boost

Lee Bowyer is still hoping that he can get Krystian Bielik back to Charlton on loan again, despite reports that he intends to leave Arsenal and seek a permanent contract on the continent. The rumour mill says he is going to AC Milan.: Bowyer has his say

Usually reliable sources are indicating that Roland is trying to operate on his L1 budget and use the extra revenue to narrow or eliminate the operating loss. A takeover before the transfer window closes is thought to be unlikely. If that is the case, we will need luck as well as team spirit and Lee Bowyer's skill to stay up.

I see that AFC Wimbledon are using crowdfunding to help with the cost of their new stadium: Crowdfunding

A decent owner at Charlton might well be able to get fans to contribute to a specific project, particularly with novel incentives of the kind offered by Wimbledon.

Monday 8 July 2019

No new signings expected before Saturday

Richard Cawley of the SLP reports: 'Lee Bowyer is not expecting a signing before Saturday’s pre-season friendly at Welling – but admits that can quickly change. The Addicks are back in the UK after a training camp in Malaga.'

Asked if there were any deals set to go through before the traditional first domestic friendly at Park View Road (formerly known as the Crown Berger Cup), Bowyer replied: 'No. But then the way the Ben Purrington [deal] happened it was literally the night before – he flew out the next morning after everything was agreed with him and Rotherham at 8pm or 9pm. So it could all change quickly.'

'I don’t think anyone will be coming in before Welling, but that can change easily.'

Archer not a target

Richard Cawley of the SLP has tweeted, 'Bit of talk about Jordan Archer to Charlton. Believe he was offered to them earlier in the summer but the Addicks have other goalkeeper targets. Not a goer.'

He was a Charlton youth player and was released by Millwall at the end of last season after 144 appearances.

Richard Cawkey has confirmed that Andy Marshall has sorted a new deal with Charlton. The goalkeeping coach had travelled to Marbella with the squad last week. All the backroom team sorted contractually now.

There was some surprise that Leamington captain and keeper Tony Breeden was not at the Phillips 66 Community Stadium for the opening game against Coventry City's first team on Saturday, given that the game attracted a bumper crowd and Sky Sports cameras were there to broadcast updates.

Rumours swept the ground that Breeden, known as the Sam Batram of non-league football for his outfield play ('Tony Breeden on the wing') and goal scoring exploits, was away with a league club. Breeden scores: Unfortunately not his penalty scored against Wolves

However, it turned out that the barmy balding binman had gone to a wedding (his own).

Friday 5 July 2019

Unscrambling the takeover knot

VOTV editor Rick Everitt deconstructs the contradictions in the latest stance of the club on the stalled takeover: De Turck muddies water

One might have a modicum of sympathy as the hapless sidekick undergoes a series of contortions trying to make sense of Roland's position. As the Rickster says in reference to Duchatelet there has been a 'lack of due care and attention on his own part, consistent with his slapdash approach to much else surrounding the club.' But then it is only worthy of 1.5 per cent of his time.

Coincidentally I just had an e-mail exchange with a Belgian who commented without any prompting, 'Glad that you are still communicating with Belgians, given the havoc that some of them created in Charlton.'

Super Hoops ahead in race for Cullen

Richard Cawley of the SLP reports, 'QPR are rivalling Charlton Athletic for the loan signing of Josh Cullen. The 23-year-old West Ham midfielder was a roaring success for the Addicks last season. And Charlton boss Lee Bowyer would love to bring Cullen back to SE7 for the 2019-20 Championship season.' [And most fans would be delighted]

'But the South London Press has been told that QPR are the frontrunners for the Essex-raised player, whose form for the Addicks saw him called up to the full Republic of Ireland squad.'

'Charlton also wanted a loan return for Krystian Bielik but the versatile Poland U21 international is thought to be keen to quit Arsenal permanently this summer – instead of yet another temporary exit – with clubs across Europe interested in his signature.'

'Gobby's' Oxford disappointment

Karl Robinson was 'buzzing with excitement' when he moved from Charlton. Then he found that Oxford United's Thai owner did not have as many readies as he anticipated. 'Gobby' seems to have a talent for finding rubbish owners. However, he is hoping to splash the cash (in a small way) this season: Planning for a sustainable future

Thursday 4 July 2019

Practice game abandoned

Charlton's practice game in Spain, held behind closed doors, ended after 49 minutes when Romanian side Gaz Median Medias withdrew in protest at their two red cards. The players manhandled the referee after Taylor was brought down in the area. Charlton were 1-0 ahead from a goal scored by Lapslie.

Very sporting behaviour!

Report from Cardiff suggests Dalman is not out

A report from Cardiff suggests that Mehmet Dalman has not given up on a Charlton deal, although he is focusing on issues at Cardiff City where he is chairman for now. Over the years I have found Wales Online to be quite reliable on football matters, although it is one of those sites with so much junk on it that it can take a time to load: Bid still alive

Contrary to what was said by the Evening Boris, the money owed to former directors is not the real issue, but the overall debt of the club and the money that would be needed to make Charlton a real fighting force in the Championship. I know that many fans think that the skill of Lee Bowyer and his assistants, and the spirit of the team, will be enough to at least secure a mid-table place but this overlooks the considerable resources that most Premier League 2 clubs have.

The overall judgment is that a successful bid is 'unlikely', but still hanging by a thread. The sale price is given at £33m, but what is never clear is what happens about the mountain of debt.

Mae Jonathan Acworth yn cynllunio taith i Wranws ​​i ddod o hyd i brynwyr yno.

Excitement in Exeter as Ajose signs

Exeter is not the sleepy cathedral city it was when I lived there, but it still needs an occasional bit of excitement which has been created by the signing of Nicky Ajose against competition from League One clubs: Manchester lad heads for Devon

Manager Matt Taylor is a former Addick and still has connections at Charlton so he took the precaution of getting a reference for Ajose from his contacts, but it was all positive. He may well turn out to be a League Two goal scoring machine.

Wednesday 3 July 2019

Orange One does not want a slice of Charlton

Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has told Talk**** he knows what is going with a deal to buy Charlton and he could be involved, but he doesn't want to be: Revelation

Well, I have a short message for him: we don't want you anywhere near our club and you can go back to the parallel universe you refer to in your remarks.

Some prankster has changed Jim White's Wikipedia entry so that Duchatelet is his middle name and it is stated that he is 'happily married' to the Charlton owner.

Tuesday 2 July 2019

Deal for 'The Cat' close

Charlton are close to signing Wembley goal scorer Ben Purrington who may be able to join the summer camp in Spain: Deal is close

Dalman pulls out

Mehmet Dalman has pulled out of talks to acquire Charlton. Roland Duchatelet put the asking price up to £50m because of the club's promotion, while the complexities of the deal were also a factor: Takeover collapses

Given the time the Australians have been hanging around to no effect, the chances of a takeover before the start of the season do not look good. The club will be starved of cash and will find it difficult to compete in the Championship for all the skill of Lee Bowyer and his team.

American businessman Robert Gordon has settled on Hibernian: Chooses Hibs

Monday 1 July 2019

Farwell then, Tariqe Fosu

As anticipated, Tariqe Fosu has rejoined 'Gobby' at Oxford United for an undisclosed fee (hopefully not a second hand lawnmower from Gobby's landscape gardening business, aka Robinson's Gardening Services of Milton Keynes).

Excited at rejoining his mentor, Fosu told BBC Radio Oxford:' Karl and I got on really well during my time at Charlton, so as soon as he called with an offer, I was up for it.'

Thanks for all you tried to do, but I fear that you flattered to deceive. One fan commented on Facebook, 'Had potential but another player who just didn't want to pass and tried to do tricks that he wasn't totally capable off to try and beat the same man seven times before putting the ball into the box. No loss in my opinion. There is a reason why he's stuck in League One and it's not because he's unlucky.'