Monday, December 25, 2006

Alan Smith rumours

Rumours are circulating that Charlton are going to boost their strike force for the rest of the season by signing Alan Smith on loan. It also appears that the Chinese 'wild man' is definitely joining us and is a real 'in your face' player in the mode of Jorge Costa.

Alan Pardew will have a difficult job to keep Charlton up, but one can have confidence that under him if we were relegated we would be in with a shout of coming back up.

Goodness knows what the financial implications of all this are, we have to assume that the board are once again going to dig into their pockets. However, informed sources suggest that there was a 'break clause' in Reed's contract just as there was for Dowie. So although there will be a financial hit, it will not be disastrous.

It's not a pleasant thing to happen to Les Reed at Christmas, a decent man with a real feeling for the club and hopefully we one day we can welcome back and say thanks for trying. But sometimes in football one has to be ruthless.

There is some speculation that Keith Peacock may return to The Valley, even though Curbs now has both Merv and Keith working with him at the Irons. Some have also suggested that Mark Robson is partly culpable for our recent troubles and should be let go. As one of his kit sponsors, I feel that there is still a role for him in the club on the youth development side.

Enjoy the day and look forward to Wednesday when I shall be ending my absence from The Valley.


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