we are all "rabbits in the headlights"
I am still deeply troubled by the antics going on down at Sparrows Lane and the silence is deafening. Whilst fans, the media and even, it materialises Luke Young
, continue to wonder what the hell happened last week, both the Charlton board and Iain Dowie continue to play mum.
Now, correct me if I’m wrong but this great club of ours came to being in recent history because of bloody hard work, trust, communication and understanding. Each of these four vital ingredients combined to take us from playing in front of 4,000 fans at a Sainsbury’s in Norwood to a Premiership staple with 25,000 fans in a revitalized stadium.
We deserve more and we deserve better. We have Richard Murray saying nowt, we have heard bugger all from Dowie, which in the circumstances is astounding, except that we now know that he rang his ex-captain Luke Young on Friday to wish him luck and there I was thinking all the players couldn’t wait to see the back of him!
I don’t expect them to tell us everything but how about not treating us like dummies?
It's obvious to me that this internal review did not encompass the players, and it is equally evident judging by the way the players went about their business on Saturday that they were both shocked and pissed off about Dowie’s departure. Remember their faces in the photo
after HH knocked in the winning penalty against Chesterfield? That does not look like a bunch of players who were not motivated and "confused."
So, it must have been a non-football related issue. Did they unearth some untruths in Dowie’s case against the Tango Man? Was he acting completely against the management structure? And I still think a certain Mr Andrew Mills plays a part in this whole saga. Was he taking unfair advantage of his missus being a few hundred miles away or as Inspector Sands
last night said: was he getting his brother involved where his ugly mug most definitely shouldn’t have been?
Too many questions, and two many very strange quotes, which keeps us even more entrenched in darkness with the grim reaper of relegation suddenly a reality, whereas perhaps up until the Wigan game, it wasn't a consideration.
Of course as a Charlton fan, one doesn’t know when to give up and I hope those that have the pleasure of getting paid vasts sums of money in all of this bloody understand that.
However Les Reed said nothing to put my mind at rest the weekend and I cringe when I re-read some of these quotes:"We were like rabbits in headlights."
I trust that includes you Les?"We have to get fitter."
Er, don't we employ a fitness coach?"What you saw in the first half was a very confused performance."
Good to know, I thought it was simply shite."I learned a lot today, and have got some ideas in mind that we can sit down and talk about next week when we have got more time."
No rush, you have only been there since May."I said to the players after the game that I'm not one for getting too emotional after the game when I can't be sure if my facts are right."
Well get your facts right Les because what we want now is some impact and some emotion."What I'll do is look at the video; I've already told our video guy what I want to see."
That's great, a video guy as well. Can he play in midfield?