Last night was needed, by Powell, the team, and most importantly the fans. What has been of most concern during this miserable run of performances, has been the polarisation of views amongst the fans. I expect club employees to be exuberant in their optimism, and some hearty, and indeed hardy souls in the fanbase will echo them. I expect others to have perfect 20/20 hindsight, but the vitriol and poison that has been oozing from the majority of the fanbase, whilst understandable, is as equally unrealistic and illogical as the position taken up by the most optimistic of supporters.
So where are we in reality? The truth is that the season is to all intents and purposes over. Slater's carefully crafted letter alludes to it, and I wonder if the PR / Marketing guru that came in the hand luggage of the takeover takes the credit for it, as it looks as though it has been constructed to push the buttons of Charlton fans at the very essence of their belief. Meanwhile on the pitch, something approaching the strongest side possible is starting to emerge from loan transfer activity, and players recovering from injury.
Solly over Jenkinson at right back has always been my favoured option, although I am not sure what "contract situation" the latter is in that would stop him playing. I suppose if a deal with Woolwich or Newton Heath is on the cards, then that may have something to do with it, and it is indicative of player movement already starting to take shape. Rumours are also widespread that a certain midfielder, out of contract at the end of this season, may well have signed a pre-contract agreement with another club for next season already.
In midfield, Parrett and Semedo in the middle, needs a fit Jackson on the left, and Eccleston instead of Wagstaff on the right to be probably as good as we can get right now. Up front, it will be interesting to see if Nouble's loan is extended to the end of the season to provide a genuine, and different alternative to Anyinsah who I would start with Wright Phillips, assuming of course that the ex-Carlisle man can stay fit!
Last season I produced a contract status update, which I think may be of even more interest this year, given the belief that comings and goings may well be high in the close season. There are a number of players whose contract length is unknown to me, so if you have any knowledge about those, or mistakes elsewhere please let me know.
Contract End 2011
Contract End 2012
Contract Length Unknown
Bessone (May 2011)
Eccleston (May 2011)
Nouble (April 2011)
Parrett (May 2011)
Sullivan (April 2011)
First Pro Contract