Controversy rages over women's team
Main arguments in favour of scrapping
1. Our only priority is to get back to the Premiership, nothing else matters.
2. The women's team has always run at a loss.
3. Once one discounts relatives and hangers on, attendances are only about 50.
4. When the team was set up, it looked as if women's football might be going somewhere, but this hasn't happened.
5. Many junior managerial and other staff at The Valley are losing their jobs and no one seems to be too worried about them.
6. Many of those complaining have never been to see the women anyway.
Main arguments against scrapping
1. The women's team have achieved more than the men and shouldn't be punished for their relegation.
2. It's poor public relations in the context of the club's community strategy.
3. It will undermine attempts to build up our support base among younger women.
4. It's a small sum (stated to be £250k) compared to the parachute payment.
I don't think it's the end of Charlton as we know it, but I do think it is an unfortunate decision. We wouldn't be in this position at all if so many errors had not been made over the past year.
Has enough consideration been given to downsizing? At one time there was quite a good sponsorship deal, but it went sour. Has the possibility of sponsorship been fully explored? Of course, we don't know because all we can rely on is statements of 'friends of the board'.