Saturday, 20 December 2008

Norwich 1 - 0 Charlton

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.


Anonymous said...

I sort of wondered if the Board had a masterplan - keep Parky in until the main man became available in January. But I know I'm kidding myself.

The "logic" behind the statement on keeping Parky in until January was so flawed. Like so many of the recent decisions.

See Big Sam got an immediate result today. Blackburn obviously think that his high cost is outweighed by the huge loss they would incur if they went down. Wonder why they didn't bring in a couple of loan players instead.

Pembury Addick

Wyn Grant said...

The board's plan was always to replace Pardew with Parkinson if the former went. That was why considerable efforts were made to keep Parkinson when, I think, Huddersfield came in for him. Getting rid of Parkinson will cost more money. Any replacement will have to be a low cost solution. It's time to wake up and smell the coffee

Kings Hill Addick said...

I believe that the plan was to promote Parkinson when Pardew went off to better things after he'd had a successful time with us.

When Huddersfield came knocking there was no intention of letting either Pardew or Parkinson leave.

I suspect that I posted when I was a little more emotional than I should have been, but the fact still remains that the current form (both results and performances) is not good enough to keep us in this division. We have played six winnable games under Parkinson – five of those teams even after taking points off us are in the bottom half of the table.

You are probably right Wyn, but if waking up and smelling the coffee means accepting a manager that will draw two and lose four of each six games I’d rather not bother thanks.

Daggs said...

KHA, It's been good striking up a blogging friendship.
Like you i'm deeply depressed at what has happened to our once well run club. Let's hope for a significant upturn in our fortunes in the new year.
Nil desperatum illigitumus carborundum. [Don't let the bastards grind you down :)]
Have a happy christmas. Daggs