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  • CHRIS L CHRIS L Dec 21, 2006 10:55 Flag

    Who to blame now?

    Im not a Charlton supporter but I always keep an eye on them as they worked wonders on a tight budget. So with Dowie sacked and Alec Gilroy of the Rovers Return in charge, who is to blame now?

    I felt a bit sorry for Dowie. I felt there must have been a bit of background player power going on. Dowie is no management mug and proved a success at Palace. I think the form of Charlton has been pretty poor since the beginning of 2006 if you look at the stats. Probably why Curbs left, he realised the team was over its peak.

    If anything Dowie need a bit of time, which he never got. Now the Board expects the new manager to turn things around by April? I dont think so. I hope Charlton stay up but I dont think thats going to happen.

    The only fingers you can point are at the players. Dowies tactics werent at fault. The players are at fault. Huge wages that take years for normal guys to attain but inconsistent performances. I know its difficult not to moan at the players, the last thing they need is a rough time from the home crowd, but these guys are on £15K to 20K a week! Are they taking the #$%$?

    So, who is to blame this week?

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    • The blame lies with the 'directors' of course. They have not been honest about why Dowie was sacked, and they've failed to bring in a proper manager. Why give Reed a 3 yr contract straight away ? You'd have thought they would have waited to see if he could actually do the job. The mugs are going to drag us down, and I tell you this, it won't stop at the championship either. The team is not even good enough for that league. We are in decline big-style, a decline that's been engineered by our pathetic board.
      When (not if) we go down, I'm going to buy Simon Jordan a drink, and admit that he was RIGHT about Richard Murray !
      What are you having, Simon ?

    • 9th October, from Varney :

      Varney says the club will give the former Crystal Palace boss all the time he needs to put things right at The Valley.

      "We have all been extremely impressed with Iain since he took over and given time he will bring about a change in our fortunes," he said.

      "I believe that most fair-minded supporters recognise we needed to improve the first-team squad during the summer, and Iain has done that.

      "But our injury list means he hasn't been able to field most of the new players."


      16th November, from Murray :

      "Over the past two weeks we have conducted a review of the structure we put in place during the summer which involved all senior football management staff. The results of this review have, we believe, left us with little option but to act in the manner we have.
      "Crucially we had to consider whether we believed our current situation would improve and we reluctantly came to the conclusion that it would not."

      "What we need at this time is as little disruption as possible and accordingly the club has promoted Les Reed to head coach and Mark Robson to assistant head coach," he added.

      "Both have a solid Charlton pedigree and I am confident they will do everything within their power, together with the players, to turn our season around."

      20th December, from the fans :

      “Over the past three weeks we have conducted a review of the structure of the club, including the directors, management, coaching and playing staff.. The results of this review have, we believe, left us with little option but to act in the manner we have.”

      "Crucially we had to consider whether we believed our current situation would improve and we reluctantly came to the conclusion that it would not."

      "What we need at this time is to make ourselves an even greater laughing stock, and to this end, we suggest inviting Doug Ellis and Rupert Lowe to join the Charlton board. We need as little disruption as possible and accordingly the club should promote Coco the Clown to head coach and Basil Fawlty to assistant head coach."

      "Both have the corporate pedigree and we are confident they will do everything within their power, to achieve Varney and Murrays ambitions to turn our season around."

      If the new manager needs any advice, he can always visit Charltons web-site and ask Alan Curbishley : http://www.charlton-athletic.co.uk/AskCurbs.ink Yes, Murray and Viney still have this posted. Great direction, wonderful leadership!

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      • I can't help but feel sorry for charlton fans, for years the club did really well on a pitifully small budget, the curbishley goes and the hwole thing has come crashing down, just at the time when tv money was due to rise and therefore give you the opportunity over a few seasons to differentiate yourselves from strugglers in the prem or new arivals. It just shows the effect of good and bad managers and how dangerous badly managed change can be.

        I still for the life of me can't see why having taken the decision to get rid of Dowie ( rightly or wrongly) the club has persisted with reed, I didn't think he had the experience to keep you up when it was announced and I still don't think he has.... my betting would be George Graham ( not everyones favourite I know but a real martinet and no one ever enjoyed playing one of his sides) might be worth a look... Pardew I don't think will have it in him having just been sacked, and other good managers in the championship seem to be happoy in their seats. Good luck with it anyway but I fear the worst for you guys.