Yesterday’s defeat to League 1 Colchester broke my heart. Since Alan Curbishley left at the end of the 2005-2006 season Charlton have fallen apart. A club that in the 2003-2004 season finished in seventh place had one more season in the Premier League before crumbling under new manager Iain Dowie, his successor Les Reed and the current Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew.
All three of these managers are partially to blame for Charlton’s decimation. Pardew in particular was disappointing as when he left Charlton they were at the bottom of the Championship, something that seemed unimaginable to fans just two years prior. I also partially blame Curbishley for leaving us… WHY!?
As a Charlton fan myself I have felt every blow that the side has taken and there has been no bigger strike to the heart as when Belgian businessman Roland Duchatelet took over the club as owner. Since then, we have mainly bought stale players who have proven very little other than the likes of Tony Watt and have showed no promise of returning to the motherland of the Premier League.
Instead, it seems as though we will be doomed to fall into League 1 for the second time in seven years. The Belgian owner has been criticised for not listening to the fans and has gone on to hire what only can be described as a load of “yes men” since Chris Powell’s exit.
I was happy to see my London based compatriots holding protests against Roland Duchatelet’s ownership this week because it is not just the manager that needs to go, it is also the chairman.
We need an experienced manager who will guide us up the table and head us in the right direction. We need to stay up this year and then begin to rebuild what can only be described as a below average squad with few leaders and very little talent. That hurts to say, it really does, but it’s the truth.
Jason Euell should be kept as assistant manager or should return to the youth team. I would love to see someone like Garry Monk in charge at the Valley (which often seems to happen on my save of Football Manager – please let it be true) who is British and exciting.
We need to act soon and bring in some fresh talent while we are at it. Let’s face it if Karel Fraeye remains in charge for any longer then we will be headed down and deservedly so.
Duchatelet obviously will not read this but I urge all Charlton fans out there to share this article and let me know your thoughts by tweeting me @DanTempz