Wednesday, June 06, 2007


Charlton have completed their third signing since the end of the season, capturing Leicester City's captain, Patrick 'Paddy' McCarthy for £650,000.

My fanatical Leicester-supporting friend describes him as a, "" type of defender, but also as a bit of a hothead (7 yellows and a red card in an injury-disrupted 06/07 season).

It's been a while since we had a defender who fit that category; Steve Brown was probably the last, and he was very comfortable (and effective) at Championship level. Pards knows what it takes to get out of the division and he is implicitly acknowledging we will need to compete physically in order to have a chance.

With Varney, Iwelumo and McCarthy snapped up already, and with the signings of Chris Dickson and Martin Christensen secured last season, our squad is beginning to shape up though further clarity on who is leaving would be helpful. It's increasingly clear that we will not feel any sudden rush of excitement for a while upon hearing of a new signing, but frankly I recall virtually jumping out of my seat upon learning of Rommedahl's capture, and look how far he got us.


At 10:38 AM, Anonymous Stefco said...

The guy has had some, shall we say, 'interesting' comments made about him on various forums by Leicester fans. The overall opinion is that we have been well & truly mugged on this signing. Who can say though? We've got to give this guy a chance & trust in Pardews judgement. A bit of spirit is needed, so good luck Patrick!

At 4:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NYA, much regret over Parker signing for West Ham? What chance that if West Ham had gone down and we had stayed up he would have come back to us?

At 10:27 PM, Anonymous newyorkaddick said...

Parker's departure from Charlton was bad for him and (very) bad for us. I think he's a great player, albeit not as good as he once was, and re-signing him would have been a backward step, particularly given how he treated the club.

At 11:03 PM, Anonymous Dangerous Dave said...

I remember Ipswich fans saying we'd been mugged on Darren Bent. hmmm.....


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