And so Marmite Man has left the building, temporarily at least. Every team has a player who provokes polar opinion from fans, and we have been graced with a few in our recent past, Rommedahl, Jensen, Kishishev, and latterly, the now departed Ambrose. On balance, I liked him, but his favoured position "in the hole", was too restrictive for a team, where utilitarian has always, more or less, remained in fashion.
So who do we bring in? I can't say I have been hugely enthused at news of either Powell or Harte, but both are indicative of the economic reality that is Charlton Athletic in 2008. It is all very well removing wages from the books to provide headroom for a player, or players, who can take the team on, but two players who can't even secure a club? I know we are looking to improve from a pretty low base, but are we really not able to do better than Harte and Powell?
I shall watch from afar, for the promised signing before the Birmingham game, as the current Mrs DD and I shall be in Rome for the next five days. I am particularly looking forward to the Capuchin Crypt beneath the Capuchin Church of the Immaculate Conception. I am working on the reasonable premise that a crypt largely made up of bones has to be a more cheery place than The Valley currently.
Good luck on Saturday, and big respect to the travelling faithful. Come on you reds!