This blog is on holiday
We've made some good signings over the summer without busting the bank, although one more striker would not go amiss. And without a tiring pre-season tour to China, but rather a focus on locations like Watford and Brentford, there shouldn't be an early season blip. But I bet the moment we lose a match, or even draw one, the moaners will be out in force.
Compare Charlton's situation with Leamington, newly promoted to the Midland Alliance, and facing a tough open away fixture against Boldmere St.Michaels. The Brakes have not had much luck in the transfer market over the summer, although they did land ex-Wolves player 36-year old Morton Titterton from Solihull Borough. But they have found it difficult to compete with the wages offered by clubs spending 2K a week on players.
Now they have suffered a further blow after rivals Racing Club Warwick received a cash bonanza from Manchester United. The Jockeys sold their keeper to Stoke City a couple of years ago with a sell on clause. Now the Salford Red Sox have bought him for £3m, with a slice of the readies going to the ground by the racecourse.
And to cap it all, one of the Leamington keepers is out of action after dropping a large toy on his toe!