Management team announced
Tim Breacker was surprisingly appointed as Phil Parkinson's Assistant this afternoon
. The ex-full back spent 7 years at Luton and 9 at West Ham and has been out of work after being released from his Assistant Manager's role at Leicester after Nigel Pearson took over a year ago from Ian Holloway. Breacker was a lively attacking full back during his playing career with a decent cross if I remember. He has the UEFA Pro A licence and is a renowned fitness freak. Welcome to the mad house Tim.
With Mark Kinsella also signing a new contract as First Team Coach, Damian Matthews role being more clearly defined and Phil Chapple reverting to Chief Scout, finally there is a semblence of organisation about the club with just a week and a half to go before the opening game.
So what does this mean? Have the new investors given their blessing to this management team? One would have thought so. Rumours were again coming out of The Valley tonight that Peter Varney's consortium are almost there and an announcement is imminent.
Whilst the club have turned down offers for Chris Dickson and Stuart Fleetwood, Izale McLeod does appear to be on his way. Parkinson confirmed that Hearts are in negotiation to take him to Scotland
. McLeod has had a pretty awful time at Charlton, but I would have thought that we may now have found his level.
Over 5,000 were at The Valley tonight to see the Addicks beat Ipswich 2-1
. All three goals were penalties, Burton scoring our two. I have some read positive thoughts of fans at the game, and it is nice to finally read about some football. Blackheath Addicted's report is here
Appearing for the whole 90 minutes was 36-year old Christian Dailly. The 6th most capped Scottish footballer ever has had a wonderful career and was playing first team football irregularly for Scottish Champions Rangers last season and I know he was loved by West Ham fans. The question is can a 36-year old get by in Div 3 with guile and experience? Tunisian Radhi Jaïdi and Chris McCready are other centre halves being looked at by Parkinson, who for the first time sounds like he has been given licence to prepare for the new season and bring in some bodies.