Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Low Interest Rates

The night is supposed to be darkest just before the dawn, but wasn't Chris Powell meant to be the dawn?

There was an air of inevitability about last night's defeat, and that is what should concern our new owners the most.

The lowest gate of the season was not helped by the fact that the likes of me took one look at the weather forecast, considered the aforementioned inevitable, and gave it a miss.

In truth my interest rate is rapidly approaching zero, and as I've mentioned before watching this Charlton side literally makes me feel ill.

I enjoy watching football at two extremes. At one extreme the likes of Arsenal and Barcelona elevate the game to an art form.

Meanwhile at the other extreme, I love the down-to-earth reality of non-League; players competing for the love of the game, and fans feeling part of something positive in their local community.

Inbetween you seemingly have League One. Most Charlton players remain on six-figure incomes, yet are unable to demonstrate the type of ability that would be expected of employees in other industries, earning the same money.

Carlisle are no mugs of course, but they were surely ripe for the taking?

Presumably they travelled down from Cumbria the same day, they could not even name a full complement of subs, whilst away support could probably have left a seat or two free on a minibus.

The loss of former Carlisle man Anyinsah was ill-timed (we look a much better side with him in it), but then Powell allowed both Abbott and Sodje leave the club, leaving just one target man in the squad.

Thus with a forward line that can only be productive with the ball to feet, and a midfield that has continually proved it cannot provide it, the result was as I suggested, inevitable.

Consensus seems to be that the players aren't good enough. Assembled on a shoestring, you reap what you sow.

But that argument misses the fact that League One (like all leagues) is a relative one.

It doesnt matter if we're crap, we just have to be less crap than say 18 (or ideally 22) of the other teams.

Yet patently we are not even that, but why? With the exception of perhaps Southampton, all teams at this level are built on a shoestring. Exeter have paid one transfer fee in five years.

Charlton meanwhile have paid fees for Benson and BWP this season, and have a payroll that would still make most League One finance directors wince, including four loans from higher divisions (with wages to match).

They're also able to proudly boast an academy that has provided useful (albeit not exceptional) homegrown back-up.

It must run deeper than this, to think otherwise is a cop-out.

Why hasn't any manager/coach taught Racon how to play with his head up, or Reid how to funnel his obvious talents more productively?

Why hasn't Rob Elliott been disciplined for not losing the weight that could transform him from an average League One keeper, into one good enough for the upper echelons of the Championship?

These are just examples obviously but hardly unreasonable, and if individual improvement is beyond our well-remunerated coaching staff, perhaps just a consistent workable system of play might be devised for average players to operate in every week?

All of which invariably brings me back to Chris Powell. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but I didn't have any when I proclaimed his appointment to be ridiculous. It looks even more so now.

He has generated 12 points from 8 games, but we barely deserved 3-4. In terms of formation and system, we have the same lack of grace as Parky's sides but none of the discipline.

Parkinson was sacked for generating 12 points from his final 8 games incidentally.

As Charlton manager he never lost three League games on the trot, let alone four even during the relegation season.

Last season we never even lost two games on the trot.

His dismissal was correct because the style was sapping the life out of the club but to use a technical term, I didn't expect the Board to balls up the most important decision they had to make.

Powell's appointment was justified in terms of bringing back a sense of 'togetherness' around the club, and because he was apparently the best man for the job.

We know the latter was inconceivable virtually by definition, and now the former has been exposed by Tuesday's attendance.

Some of the 'Parky vs Powell' debates on fan blogs and message boards, remind me of the old Whiskas adverts on TV.

Those adverts informed us that 8 out of 10 cats preferred Whiskas, but I'm not sure they ever made it entirely clear what they preferred it to.

Surprisingly perhaps I prefer Powell to Parky, but there are numerous managers whom I would prefer to both, and with new owners in place we probably could have got one of them too.

The club even with new owners is now in such a funk, that only a credible long-term reconstruction plan with the right man at the helm can save us.

Just because that man wasn't Dowie, Pardew or Parkinson, doesn't mean we should stop looking and take a speculative punt on a popular former player.

I can't be certain that Powell is not that man incidentally, but equally there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that he is.

And with a 3-year contract in his drawer earned on the basis of an hour's interview, I consider this unforgivable.


At 11:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elliott could be a size zero he would still concede goals from long range daisy cutters struck with as much venom as a one legged man could manage in an arse kicking comp.

At 11:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're Screwed

At 12:22 AM, Blogger Kap said...

Not a lot to disagree with there nya and much to reflect my own views although I would be more of a parkie fan.

At 7:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said NYA.At last someone speaks sense about this ridiculous appointment.Parky had to go because although minty decimated the squad in the summer by letting nearly all leave,he then brought in absolute garbage that made us worse than ever.That said this has made the situation even worse.After all the hype has died down we have a new manager with no experience cutting his teeth on our failing promotion bid!What is more worrying is that he does not appear to realise we are in crisis,as he keeps saying all will be well as we are a good team!.He might be able to kid the players,and even himself,but he is not kidding anyone else.What is ironic is that the main driver in this decision is the person responsible for all the joke appointments that have got us where we now are.I believe his contract is 18 months but he wont survive that long.A gate of now 12000 the other night shows fans will not put up with this nonsense any longer.

At 8:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Immediately following Parky's dismissal, i publicly pleaded with CAFC to do anything and everything they could to persuade Alan Curbishley back. Even if it was only as caretaker to this season's end.
My words were mostly dismissed as those of an idiot.
So now I'll try again.
There is a man currently unemployed who could be persuaded to come back to The Valley. This time as 'Director of Football' or some other dreamt up title.
Once again it could be just until this season ends. But Powell needs help. Who better than Alan Llewelyn Curbishley ?
We need promotion, or i fear for the clubs' future, again.

At 9:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eight games in and we get a thinly disguised "Powell Out" post.

Never one for optimism were you NYA?

Give the bloke some time, he is still dealing with all the crap that Parky brought in. All these ex-premier league players, know why they are EX? Because they are not good enough.

We need more or less a total clear out, most of these players are NOT League One material because they have no balls to roll their sleeves up and get stuck in. League One is mostly about guts and rarely about high quality.

At 9:53 AM, Anonymous newyorkaddick said...

If they'd made a more intelligent managerial appointment, I'd have been brimming with optimism (rightly or wrongly).

I just wish the (rapidly dwindling) pro-Powell camp would acknowledge that if the last 8 performances/results had occurred under a manager with no Charlton connections, the vitriol would be toxic by now. Which begs the question, why does it make the remotest difference that he was a Charlton legend as player?

There's no point sacking him and I wouldn't advocate that - but if by the end of the season there is still no tangible evidence of improvement then I see no point in retaining him.

At 9:54 AM, Blogger The Exile said...

I may disagree with some of your post, but there is one thing I share your view on fully is:

"A forward line that needs the ball to feet...and a midfield that can't provide it"

Powell's loan signings could make or break our season. If he signs people for the wrong positions we have two conclusions to draw

1. We may not get promoted this season.

2. Powell may not be objective enough to be the manager of Charlton.

It's going to be an interesting run in.

At 10:10 AM, Anonymous Terry Smith said...

I think that most fans felt that Parkinson was at least going to get us into the play-offs when the board sacked him, despite some bad performances, especially v Swindon. The only justification for sacking him was to improve on that prognosis, and so far the decision has been a bad one. The onlt other explaination is that the board wanted to avoid promotion for some reason.

At 10:33 AM, Anonymous Kim Lewis said...

I agree with Daggs, clearly Chris Powell is struggling and whilst Peacock may be there as a shoulder to cry on, Curbs would have an immediate impact and I'm pretty sure the two could work together well.

It would be nice to hear some "positive" news from the new Board as they appear to have gone very quiet of late, should we be reading anything into this?

Come on Chrissy, I'm still behind you all of the way. We also need a good first team coach, as a goalkeeping coach isn't what I would call suitable as a first team coach, is this where our problems lay?

At 10:56 AM, Anonymous Ketts said...

Great post NYA.

At 11:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But we do have the big screen back!

At 11:45 AM, Blogger Kings Hill Addick said...

The sad thing is that if the likes of and I are deciding to pass on games what chance of them attracting new (or lapsed)fans?

Worst of all, I'm not sure I even care right now!

At 12:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've had a season ticket for 10 of the last 14 years and I haven't seen us live for 12 months now. Didn't even have the interest to pay a fiver for it last week.

At 5:06 PM, Blogger ChicagoAddick said...

Worrying. As usual NYA - a shrewd prognosis of our current situation.

At 5:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree entirely with all of this. Didn't realise Parky never lost 3 on the trot. I'm not struggling for cash but the thought of paying £20 plus all the usual extras to ruin my Saturdays doesn't appeal to me at all at the moment. I didn't want Powell but got caught up with the hype of the first few games and am now as low as ever with my interest.

At 9:48 AM, Anonymous ColininThailand. said...

A sort of mix between what Daggs had to say and the anonymous straight after him, iykwim.

At 1:15 PM, Blogger The Exile said...

In response to:

"I just wish the (rapidly dwindling) pro-Powell camp would acknowledge that if the last 8 performances/results had occurred under a manager with no Charlton connections, the vitriol would be toxic by now."

It depends when these performances occurred. Parkinson had over two years in the job and made little impact. Powell has had less than two months.

If Powell gets as much time as Parky did and we are still as poor as we are now then clearly he would need to go too.


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