Sunday 28 February 2021

Thumbs down for Bowyer from the Isle of Thanet

VOTV editor and Ramsgate-based fan Rick Everitt gives his assessment of the situation at Charlton following the latest defeat.  As he notes, the Addicks have accumulated more red cards than points at home:

As I read the article, it is a thumbs down for Bowyer.  One small point of disagreement: the reason the shaken supremo was not in the dressing room at half time was that he was giving instructions to his four substitutes.   Having four substitutes, of course, says something about the wisdom of his initial selection.

New managers sometimes disappoint

One argument for not replacing Bowyer now is that it may be possible to get a better replacement in the summer and if time is taken over the decision.  We have had too many failed successions at Charlton in the past.  Remember Iain Dowie?

I don't think appointing Johnnie Jackson as an interim manager would work as, despite his low profile, he is presumably part of the problem.   Some have suggested Jason Euell advised by Alan Curbishley and, as a short-term solution, that makes more sense.   However, don't imagine there is a queue of quality candidates wanting to manage a League One club in trouble.   Neil Harris is, of course, available.

One of the pundits on The Football League Show this morning said that he thought that Bowyer's exasperation was making him very emotional and this was communicating negative vibes to the players.

That, of course, could be an argument for replacement, although the pundits thought he should be given more time.  Sandgaard, I suspect, is not one for hasty decisions, but Bowyer could fall on his own sword.

Following the decision of Greenwich Council to ban Charlton players from walking dogs as they cannot hold on to a lead, they have been forbidden from travelling to Wigan on Tuesday as pointless journeys are not permitted.

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