Writer: Ollie White
Date:Sunday May 4 2014
In relation to Roland Duchatelet's recent takeover of the club, I have been amazed to see how misinformed and naive some of my fellow Charlton fans have been about the whole affair. Particularly with regards to the recent sacking of Chrissy Powell, many Charlton fans have been far too scathing and narrow-minded with their views towards it all.
As a young Charlton fan, there are several crucial points to be made which I think need to be acknowledged before a well-rounded opinion can be formed about what the new owner, as well as the new manager, have done so far.
Once again, I feel that this is a simple one. Despite being a great man, a cheerful and well loved personality, he simply wasn't getting the results. Whether this was his fault is debatable. He did, after all, completely shake up the squad in his first full season and get us promoted in the first season. Then he effectively got us 9th place in the Championship with a League One squad at his disposal.
With a weak squad, lacking in depth and variety, it is perhaps not Powell's fault that the results were not going our way in his tenure this season. However, his tactics and decision-making had to be called into question. He seemed to be scared of making substitutions and just didn't seem to be clinical enough with his tactics, usually preferring an ineffective 4-5-1 formation away from home, with Church at the helm. This, surely, is a recipe for disaster.
He had to go in my opinion, and I think Riga has been as passionate as Powell, as well as being more positive in his style. Free-flowing football starting at the back, adventurous formations and usually effective substitutions are all helping his case. He is also proving popular with the players and fans. Plus Powell recently said in an interview regarding his sacking that, at no point, was he forced to make any decisions with regards to the teams he chose.
Correct decision from Roland if you ask me.
I think this has been covered in the previous section. But what is also clear to me is that the new manager is not just a 'yes man' puppet for Duchatelet. He has consistently benched Nego and Thuram, as well as often leaving Ajdarevic and Gooch on the bench. This shows that he is acting on what he thinks is going to win games, not what the owner wants.
He also has to be empathised with, having to rotate Sordell, Obika, Church etc because of the regularity of our matches, and I think he has prioritised brilliantly.
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Date:Sunday May 4 2014
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