Gritty next to depart
How bad Charlton's financial predicament is continues to manifest itself with news this morning that Addick's legend Steve Gritt has left the club due to further cost-cutting
Gritty had been the Academy Manager for 6 years so his departure will throw into doubt the long-term future of it, although Richard Murray has said that the club will be keeping the academy for at least two more years, which would coincide with the end of KRBS' sponsorship arrangement.
Murray said: "(Steve's) history with the club speaks for itself and it's a very sad day when the club is in a position where we have to make these kinds of decisions. In all the discussions that will take place across many fronts this summer, we are putting the future of the club first, and hopefully by taking painful decisions such as this one, we can strengthen the long-term prospects of the club."
One would imagine that long-term youth coach Damian Matthew will add the academy manager's role to his current one of development coach. Many would like to see Matthew take a role with the first team.
Gritty has been around the club for almost as long as I have supported it, and for me this is another sad day in one of many over the past three years.
Meanwhile the knockout Sun
is shouting that Milan Mandaric wants Parky to replace Hull-bound Nigel Pearson