Well that's six games, no wins, two draws, one clean sheet and more than three points from safety.
The time to appoint a replacement was after one or two games. The message being sent out to supporters is that the board have no appetite for the problems that lay ahead. Derek Chappell, who I know very little about, has been on a forum (Charlton Life) and reassured the fans that he is one of us - a fan himself. What he has failed to do is convince me that he has the faintest idea of how to run a football club.
The case for Parkinson is so weak! He was part of the Pardew regime, so that does not go in his favour. Since he came in he has signed three players and sold one. I am not going to criticise him for selling Varney for less than half what we paid for him, but the other three arrived and now cannot get in the starting line up. I know that McEverly has been injured, but I can see no purpose in having two thirty plus players that are clearly well past their best on the bench.
I genuinely believe that Parkinson will be here for the long term, and I also now believe that we will be relegated. There is an argument that we should have left Pardew in the seat if we were going to give Parkinson the freedom to sign three loan players and then keep the job in the face of two points from six games. That equates to 15 points over the course of a season. Pardew had managed 16 when he left after 18 games. It is Les Reed all over again.
I'm going to say that again because I think the historians are going to confirm that this season is almost a carbon copy of our last relegation campaign. We have managed to allow this shortsighted "save a couple of quid on a manager" attitude to cost us massive games against the teams we really need to beat, twice!
By the time Nottingham Forrest come to The Valley in January we will probably need to beat them twice in the same afternoon to catch them. After today Norwich become another team that is more than two wins away from us. On the basis that it has taken us 22 games to chalk up three wins I think that adequately describes just how hopeless our cause is.
I have little more to add, but at some point someone has got to tell those running our club that the next time they dispense with a manager they should have a plan for a replacement. Despite the fact that he was not sacked you could add the same logic to Curbishley's departure. That replacement took several weeks too.
Thankfully, Wolves have managed to beat Doncaster, so we are not actually bottom at Christmas, but it will not make me feel at all festive come Boxing Day. I can honestly say that for the first time for over 20 years I wish we were away on Boxing Day.
I have just about had enough.
On behalf of the Kings Hill Addick household, I'd like to wish a Merry Christmas to all fans, bloggers and readers.