Time for a clear out
I am suggesting a big clear out in the summer as Curbs works out what it really needs "to push on from being a mid-table club."
Clearly you do not clear out your closet before realising you have nothing to wear on a Saturday night so any surgery on the squad has to be done in tandem with bringing players in.
Last summer the departures of Di Canio, Cole and Jenson were not of Curbs' doing but as the season draws to another disappointing end, disappointing not in the overall context of the season but once again in our European dreams abruptly ending, he needs to have a serious look at the players that are clearly not good enough as a unit or individually to take him as a manager and us as a club to the next Premiership level.
Lets begin with the youngsters. Winning Reserve South titles is all very well and good but it does not bring home the bacon. If they are not good enough to play in the Premiership, then get rid. If Sam, Long, Fuller and Sankofa and longer term Weston & Walker are good enough then lets see them given more opportunities to be part of the first team squad.
The old chestnut of not wanting to play youngsters at the end of the campaign because there is too much at stake is clearly bollocks looking at our form these past 5 years and the 'we have our summer bags packed' attitude of the first team players.
It is time that Jason Euell moved on, I will be saddened to see him go but in hindsight we should have taken the £2 mill in the January window. Politics, television, whatever Mark Fish ends up doing has to be better for us than wondering around the back four with his hand in the air being a liability. Thanks Mark but get your coat.
Next on the list are JJ and Lisbie. Time to say goodbye JJ. Thanks for everything. Lisbie, thanks for the hat-trick against Liverpool and, and, erm....
Now if Curbs decides to move on Rommedahl and Jeffers then credit to him for admitting that he made a mistake. However I for one would be very keen to see how Dennis performs next season with a year under his belt.
Signing Jeffers was a mistake and a season loan would have been a better bet. A fox in the box he might be but a lone striker chasing long hopeful punts he is not. Nevertheless I still think he is the most talented goalscorer we have possessed since Super Clive.
The national press have belatedly picked up on his honest interview in Saturdays programme and his goals to games ratio is very impressive for Everton, Arsenal, England and us. I would be gutted if he left and realised his potential somewhere else by knocking in 20 goals, of which playing in the right system with the right service he is capable.
My son would be very upset at finding out that his little buddy had to leave his school because Dad has lost his job but Bryan Hughes would do a good job for another team (probably not a Premiership one) but he is not whats required by us.
Do you remember when Mark Kinsella was sold and how devastating it was but deep, deep down you knew it was the right thing to do? I think Curbs must ponder making a similiar decision with Matt Holland. Being quietly effective, competent and never getting booked does not get you into the top 6. Just ask Keane, Vieira, Lampard and Gerrard.
I, like everyone else like Holland but we have never replaced certain key players that we have lost in recent seasons and when I say replaced I do not mean in a positional sense but in characters. Steve Brown, Paulo Di Canio, John Robinson and more recently departed Chris Powell and Graham Stuart were all players who inspired and had Charlton in their hearts.
No doubt Simon Royce will leave and end up at Loftus Road and good luck to him. This will allow Curbs and Day to make their traditional summer goalkeeping signing. They collect goalies like women collect shoes.
Of course contracts, money, whether anyone actually wants to buy our players (the ones wanting rid off anyway) and who we get in will all be factors in the summer horse trading but it is obvious to me that the time has come for change.
Strategic and thoughtful change that is not shoddy and knee jerking. We need to increase the desire and the ability in the dressing room so we can match expectations and come on lets face it we will all start next season looking for 40 points, but lets realise the potential and not knock it down.