Saturday, December 23, 2006

Times gives good odds to Addicks

The Fink Tank in today's Times gives Boro a less than 1 in 2 chance of winning today with a 27% chance of a Charlton away win. So perhaps Our Les is going to cover himself in glory in front of what will probably be the smallest away crowd of the season.

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.


Blogger Kappacino Kid said...

I think the fans are looking to rally behind les, not because we believe in him, more that there are five months to go and we have little or no option other than support or protest between now and the end of the season, which will rip our club apart.

12:34 PM  
Blogger worcestershireleaburn said...

It does seem somewhat bizarre that Dowie was ditched because relegation was "unthinkable", while things have been if anything worse under Reed - and not only is the guy being told he can stay until the end of the season, he's just signed a 3 year contract! I understand the need for stability, and I think maybe we've gone beyond that point.

3:23 PM  
Blogger Wyn Grant said...

I have had the full sp on Dowie and I think that the club had no alternative for both on and off pitch reasons. They may then have had an understandable preference for a safe pair of hands, although my view is that that should have been on a caretaker basis only.

4:47 PM  

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