Times gives good odds to Addicks
A lot of Addicks are arguing quite reasonably that we should rally round Our Les. My doubts arise from the fact that every few weeks I am involved in interviewing people for leadership positions and not in my own field of expertise. Les simply wouldn't impress.
Now, of course, I haven't met him and I know that he has a range of technical skills that wouldn't be evident in a media or even a face-to-face interview. And Dowie talked the talk in the interview, but couldn't deliver on the pitch or within the much vaunted 'structure'.
Today Les faces a number of injury problems, including such key players as Luke Young, although he seems to have been below his best for a while. Battling Andy Reid is also not available, while the Herminator, whom I would make captain, is also doubtful along with another fighter, Kishishev.
Les has to build on a platform of truly dismal performances by Charlton this year. He is a great believer in Prozone, but the Opta statistics make gloomy reading: Opta That doesn't excuse the Sub Standard going to town and implying that we are the worst Premiership club ever. Barnsley and Sunderland come to mind and we are actually above Watford.
Sky Sports News said last night that Les had stated that he had the 'total confidence' of his chairman. Let's hope that Richard Murray is right and I am wrong. My fear is that even an experienced businessman with good judgement can sometimes make mistakes and then compound them by digging his heels in.