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hold'um Oldham

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Where would you hope to be as a club?

Latics have had one of the most shocking calender years on record in2015 both on and off the pitch So to even stay up this year has been a miracle in itself. Back in january I'd have snapped your hand off for a chance to stay up on the final day so to do it 2 games before the end of the season is a wonder.

However I feel now like the club is moving onto an even keel. We have a manager who knows and loves the club and the fans have affection for. We have promotion form in 2016 and if we can take the upward curve into next season we should be OK.

A realistic target for us would be play off contenders without ever actually being in them, finishing around 10th. I reckon most fans would take that now. If we have finally put to bed the complete mismanagement of the club there's no reason we can't achieve that.

Who knows, we.may even be next seasons Leicester
 

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Consolidation again.. Get rid of our manager. Spend more within our means, grow the fanbase. Is that too much to ask?
 

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I don't think this season has been a bad one for us, we just went through a bad patch around March/April which ultimately cost us any chance of being playoff contenders.

I think we, yet again, need more stability off the field before we can really consider pushing forward on it. If Page can continue to improve us on it then I'd be more than happy with that as I don't think it would do us any good to be moving up to such a league as the Championship before we, as a club, are ready
 

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Where I want us to be is in the promotion shake up

Where I think well be is midtable at best
 

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Probably 8th-12th again. Hopefully not as irritating a season next time around though.
 

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I wants us to push on and really give the top 6 a go. Depends on the backing we get though, keep the core of the side together and get rid of the deadwood bringing in a decent striker, centre half and winger and we could do so. Massive summer for us really to see if we can finally push on.
 

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Won the league but no doubt will be 5th
 

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Would take anything above relegation, although really we should be looking at a pretty comfortable mid table
 

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The league is still shite next season. We had 2 spells where injuries decimated the team - 20 games in total where I doubt we got 10 points. In the other 26 games we averaged nearly 2 points per game.

Until the comings and goings are sorted I have no idea what to expect - but I aint getting too excited!
 

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6th, and preparing for a trip to MK for the playoff first leg...:)
 

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Anywhere higher than 18th please.

The CEO departing and making a profit without selling two or three million quids worth of players would also be nice.
 

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It depends entirely on who is running the club.

If the current mob are still here which I suspect they will be, the very best we can hope for is mid-table but there is a very real chance we'll be closer to the bottom.

If there are new owners with a bit of bunce and a manager who knows what he is doing then play-offs should be the minimum aim but as the question is where would I hope to be, the answer is obviously in the top two.
 

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It depends entirely on who is running the club.

If the current mob are still here which I suspect they will be, the very best we can hope for is mid-table but there is a very real chance we'll be closer to the bottom.

If there are new owners with a bit of bunce and a manager who knows what he is doing then play-offs should be the minimum aim but as the question is where would I hope to be, the answer is obviously in the top two.

I've not really looked into the issues at your club but what are the owners doing to piss you all off so much?
 

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I've not really looked into the issues at your club but what are the owners doing to piss you all off so much?

There is so much to say and not enough time, I'll leave you with two posts for now. Although, you can certainly add the Chris Wilder fuck up to the list.

  • Walked into the club and sold key players claiming they were 'not good enough'.
  • Told Chris Powell who he should and shouldn't be playing.
  • Brought in players behind Powell's back promising them they would get game time.
  • Sacked a popular manager for no reason other than having the audacity to challenge his ideas.
  • Putting in place a CEO with zero knowledge of running a business or most importantly, a football club.
  • Has a bizarre belief that success can be achieved by bringing in 5th rate managers from 5th rate leagues.
The following are lies told by Katrien Meire (employed by Roland btw, his representative):

  • She interviewed 20 applicants for the vacant managers job in 24 hours before hiring Guy Luzon (despite rumours weeks in advance)
  • Every decision they have made is the right one.
  • We've considered British managers.
  • She wishes to strengthen relationships with the supporters (which is laughable and we'll get to the reasons why)
These are all blatant lies.

Meire antics:

  • Her condescending and sarcastic nature during fans' forums.
  • Claiming that our history is in the past and therefore doesn't matter.
  • Urging Charlton supporters to stand up against protesters as they represent only 2% of the fan base.
  • Laughing at protesters.
  • Her comments in Ireland, calling Charlton fans weird and customers. She then has the brass neck to try and defend those comments, trying to claim they were misconstrued.
Sound like stuff someone who is keen to create a relationship with supporters would do?

This is all stuff I have literally plucked from the top of my head but the list goes on, it may not seem that Roland is responsible for a lot of this stuff but he is. Meire is just his fall guy.

Also, let's not forget that despicable statement he had posted to the official site a couple of weeks back.

Since Roland has taken the reigns, we have regressed - no question. We've gone from mid table to relegation fodder in two years, all down to Roland's poor management and ridiculous recruitment strategy.

So I ask you again, why would you defend these two?

Nothing wrong with not buying good players? Interesting.

I found this on the web:

Usually, English football sides are run by managers, who have a wide-ranging role in team affairs. But Duchâtelet wanted Charlton to be run by a head coach, who would have little say in what players came into the club. So he started interfering with the team behind Powell’s back.

Duchâtelet’s first moves included selling popular striker Yann Kermogant to Bournemouth. He was replaced with the hopelessly inexperienced Piotr Parzyszek; a player so out of his depth, he made just one substitute appearance, three minutes before the end of a match, before being bundled off to Sint-Truiden on loan.

Goalkeeper Yohann Thuram-Ulien was also imposed on Powell, ahead of the effective and experienced Ben Hamer, who later escaped to Leicester.


According to Katriern Meire, this is your clubs aim:
“My proposition would be a real unique football fan experience — and see hopefully the next stars of the Premier League, which we will have play for Charlton in the first team and then sell onto the Premier League.”

So basically, develop young players for the Premier League and sell them off. Don't you think that's extremely negative?

Found of the same article as earlier:

An interview with Belgian magazine L’Echo saw her (Katrien Meire) declare she did not care for the club’s past, mocking complaints from supporters of 60 years “who know everything better than anyone”. Can't you see that she hates you, the fans?

Here's another comment from Meire which shows she knows nothing about football.



“So whenever I get friendly emails from fans they say ‘get out of our club’, so it’s not the shareholders’ club. They say they pay… but they go to the restaurant with their family every week or they go to the cinema, and they’re not satisfied with the product, do they go and scream to the people in charge of it? No they don’t! But they do with a football club, and that’s very weird.”

To add to all of that, she refused to meet with Pete Varney, cancelling meetings at the last minute and ignoring his emails, called the protesting fans "2%" of the fanbase, repeatedly seems to tell off or insult the fans, season tickets going missing, the fans sofa, a couple having sex on the pitch which was leaked for a PR for pitch hire, Roland barely talking to fans, lots of poor signing and obviously relegation, all of that is certaintly not just "not buying good players and good down", there is much more shit going on at the club then that.

Credit to this article for supplying me lots of info: https://medium.com/@darryl1974/how-roland-duchâtelet-and-katrien-meire-are-killing-charlton-athletic-dc8a9ed7e91c#.q6m240hpm
 

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During our first ever league one home game against Scunthorpe, we were leading 2-0, Albion fans started singing "this time next season its Derby away"
We had a good laugh at that as being fanciful in the extreme but it looks like becoming a reality.
Never stop dreaming, sometimes they do become true !
 

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The league is still shite next season. We had 2 spells where injuries decimated the team - 20 games in total where I doubt we got 10 points. In the other 26 games we averaged nearly 2 points per game.

Until the comings and goings are sorted I have no idea what to expect - but I aint getting too excited!
No indication that it will be shit next year and impossible to say given that transfer activity won't even begin in earnest until after the Euros.

If we don't win the play-offs, then promotion next year in any form.
 

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There is so much to say and not enough time, I'll leave you with two posts for now. Although, you can certainly add the Chris Wilder fuck up to the list.

Sound a reyt shambles hope he fucks off and all ends well for you. Same with blackpool
 

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Play-offs at the minimum, top two would be nice though.
 

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We'll be millionaires Rodders.

An improvement on 16th would be nice.
 

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Top half. Think it's achievable as well.
 

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This time next year I hope we've just finished comfortably mid-table in the Championship (something we didn't manage in the last 8 seasons we were in there).

If we don't go up, then hopefully celebrating winning the League One title.
 

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DC will want to go for the play offs, but I will be happy with lower mid table, most of the squad were in the conference with us, but after a rocky start picked up from where they left off so who knows. Amazing to think of the four teams who were in the relegation battle of 2014, two will now be playing League one football next season!
 

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