Right back where we started
As the Charlton players jet off with their new kit to Ireland
they were to be joined at the airport by the latest in a long line of right-backs. This one we have actually signed for two years unlike the others who mainly just raided our coffers and fcuked off. Let's hope Frazer Richardson
becomes a player we can fondly remember. Thoughts of a Leeds fan on Richardson here
The 22 players who tried out in the game at Welling
did not include Gray (injured), Racon (slight knock) and Sinclair (who knows) plus one other that the club has entirely forgotten about. Charlton, so his profile on the Official Site begins "fought off competition from Spanish giants Barcelona, Lazio of Italian Serie A, France Ligue 1 runners-up Marseille and Scottish Premier League champions Celtic as well as Premier League clubs Aston Villa and Everton for the signature of Yassin Moutaouakil."
and the former France U21 captain's career has been inexplicably ruined by Alan Pardew and Phil Parkinson.
Yes rumours do exist of Yassin being a bad influence, a bad boy and a bad trainer. Sorry but not everybody is perfect and Pardew and Parkinson were and are paid to manage and coach a medley of young men and personalities. It is what diffentiates good managers from crap ones and we know what cards we were dealt.
My memories of Moutaouakil are of a player that cared - he celebrated wildly a number of times with Charlton fans- and he showed skill, pace and more ability than most of the no-marks who have randomly embarrassed us by wearing our Charlton shirt in the past couple of seasons. Yes, I also watched a player who made mistakes, but then doesn't that comes back to the coaching? And if he had a poor attitude then that is something scouts from Charlton, Barcelona, Marseille, Celtic, Villa and Everton all failed to pick up two years ago.
I read with interest yesterday how Southampton's new owners waited just a few hours before they dispatched with Mark Wotte's services
, just day's after he was given a rolling 12-month contract. It didn't roll very far did it? Wotte's record actually stands up very well against Parky's. The Saints acquired 19 points under the Dutchman, compared to Parky's 23, but then again Parky did begin his managerial stint over 2 months before Wotte. Food for thought, and I wonder if any potential new Addick owners will be as ruthless as Markus Liebherr?