Robinson Talks Bury, Holmes & Takeovers
Charlton Athletic manager Karl Robinson has now held his pre match press conference ahead of the clash against Bury this weekend.
Meeting with the media earlier today to discuss the game, obviously speculation concerning the potential takeover of the club featured once more, as did speculation about the future of Ricky Holmes with some media outlet's insisting the player wants out.
Speaking to the Official Site he spoke about the Bury game first.
'We soldier on and we are still in a good position - I am trying to focus solely on the pitch and hopefully the fans appreciate the work that all the staff are doing. We are all doing one-and-a-half jobs at the moment and the players have been great. Nobody can question their desire in every game, so I am proud of everyone in the building. We ended the game the other night against Oxford with seven or eight academy boys on the pitch, so that`s a testament to the football club. It`s 11v11. They`re 15 points adrift and they are bringing in players, but we`ve bought in Stephy which is tremendous for us. We travel up on Friday full of confidence.'
Robinson admitted we were still down to the bare bones for the tie.
'Right now, we only have 16 players fit to travel, so we are two short of a full bench. Patrick Bauer was rested on Tuesday - he will be ready to come back into the squad. For Saturday, there is no Solly, Pearce, Tariqe or Jake and Karlan is having a scan as we speak on his hamstring.'
As for the future of Holmes, Robinson seemed to be downplaying things.
'Ricky signed the contract in the summer and he scored a lot of goals that put us third in the league when we had everyone flying, so he did what he said he would do. Ricky is still motivated - we had many conversations over the phone yesterday (Wednesday), so this is not something that is going to affect him. At the same time, it needs to be answered sooner rather than later. He loves being part of the Charlton family.'
So to transfer talks with transfers reportedly blocked until we know the future.
'Obviously, there is still takeover talk and I think I have counted eight press conferences since the news first broke that I have had to speak about it. I am a football man and that is my main focus. I know that Alex McLeish was at the game the other night - I`ve had conversations with him before - and what I have been told is that there are two or three interested parties and the earliest potential completion date is the end of the window, which it makes it difficult for us. I`ve also been told it could be up to five months but I won`t let this season dwindle away.'
He also promised that he wouldn't walk away from the club despite the lack of clarity on the future.