Charlton loses its innocence
The article opens, 'In recent seasons it was easy to patronise Charlton Athletic as a nice, safe famuily club playing nice, safe family football in a nice, safe family stadium, the perfect role model for any small-middling club looking to establish themselves in the Premier League. If they could only sort out their post-Christmas form they might even qualify for Europe.'
'What is significant is the relentless nature of Charlton's confidence. At Charlton, barely a day goes by without another player talking of a sense of renewed purpose, of greater discipline and fitness in the squad.'
The FT is confident about Charlton's chances of escaping relegation. 'A manager appointed on Christmas Eve who prompts the arrival of a wise man from the east and seeks salvation on Good Friday? Perhaps it wouldn't be too surprising if they were to resurrect themselves from the relegation zone against Reading on Easter Monday.'
The analogy is overdrawn, but the argument is gratefully taken.