New Charlton Athletic manager Nigel Adkins spoke to the press on Thursday afternoon, alongside owner Thomas Sandgaard, hours after the former Hull boss was appointed as Lee Bowyer’s successor. Adkins’ vision for the club can be read below in a full transcript of the press conference:

How does it feel to be back?

“Really good. Thankful for the opportunity. Really excited to get my boots on again this morning, be around the training ground, meet the players, all the members of staff. It’s been a really good day.”

On his break from management since leaving Hull in 2019:

“I have…

On the night of March 12th 2020, police arrived at The Valley to cap off one of the more destructive weeks in Charlton Athletic history. Upstairs in the stadium’s boardroom, a showdown was taking place between members of staff and club chairman Matt Southall.

Three days earlier, East Street Investment’s takeover publicly imploded when majority shareholder Tahnoon Nimer took to Instagram claiming Southall was spending the club’s money on his own lavish lifestyle.

Fans celebrated the apparent end of Roland Duchatelet’s tenure in January, but less than three months later, dreams of a bright new future came crumbling down in…

It’s near the end of our conversation when Naby Sarr takes a long pause. He’s pondering the “why” of his own remarkable journey from scapegoat to cult hero over a five-year period that felt much longer for everyone involved.

“I think the fans liked the fact that I never gave up,” Sarr eventually answers by way of explanation.

“I didn’t give up on the team, I didn’t give up on the club. I came back and showed them that I wanted to give my 100%. I think that’s what I did every game, every single game I played there. And…

For Steve Brown, defending is an art form. So it’s only natural we start our conversation of that particular art, in the metaphorical world.

“You have to imagine the goal is your castle, and the box is your grounds,” the former Charlton defender explained to me with a smile, repeating the lecture he’s given countless times when coaching in recent years.

“You’ve got to defend it like it’s your castle. And quite a few defenders don’t these days…you look at some of the defending that goes on on a weekly basis and I scratch my head quite a lot. It’s…

You know that feeling you get at the end of a great psychological thriller? The dazed confusion as you walk away from the cinema after seeing Inception for the first time? Well, that’s how it feels watching Charlton play these days.

It’s a disorienting combination of shock and bewilderment and it was once again the dominant feeling on Saturday after Charlton drew 2–2 with Swindon at The Valley.

15 minutes into proceedings, Charlton were controlling the ball while outshooting Swindon three to one. …

2020 was a diabolically bad year for everyone. No more needs to be said on that particular subject. Now though, with the UK stuck in yet another lockdown, 2021 hasn’t really begun much better. But as we lurch from the monotonous to the unbearable, Charlton gave us a reminder of why football, while we still have it, is so essential.

Above all the on-pitch mayhem of a thoroughly bonkers game, Charlton’s 4–4 draw with Rochdale provoked emotion. A lot of it.

Entering Tuesday evening, there was a nervy and slightly pessimistic atmosphere from supporters with the pressure firmly on Lee…

In Denmark, Ronnie Schwartz is known simply as Plaffeministeren. Loosely translated to mean “The Minister of Shooting”, former Aalborg teammate Daniel Christensen laughs when he explains why Schwartz earned the nickname.

“I met him…I played with him when we were kids,” Christensen told me. “So I played with him when I think we were 11, 12, years old at the time. And then we became pros together in Aalborg. The first impression, of course, was this guy who always wanted to score goals. Always wanted to be in the right place at the right time and then he shoots like…a…

Can you hear that ringing? No, not jingle bells, Christmas is over! I am, of course, talking about alarm bells. And after Charlton were swept aside by Hull on Saturday, the alarm bells are starting to ring rather loudly.

With two wins in their last nine League One fixtures, Charlton are firmly in a rut. And their ability to get out of it will go a long way toward deciding the fate of their season.

Pretty much nothing went right at the KCOM Stadium. Charlton started slowly, allowing Hull’s press to take them out of their comfort zone, before ceding…

No club has reflected the draining precariousness of 2020 more so than Charlton Athletic. The last year has been defined by the term “uncertain times’’ and for Charlton, it has been even more uncertain than most. In SE7, 2020 was a year of epic turmoil. It was a year in which Charlton nearly disappeared. It was a year that began with one supposed takeover, scarily tilted into a second, and finally settled on a rejuvenating third.

As the coronavirus pandemic eventually saw Charlton’s season end in July with the heartbreak of relegation, supporters were left wondering if their club would…

I’ll let you all in on a little secret. At half-time of Saturday’s clash with Wimbledon this piece was going to be a rather deep review of the mounting problems facing Charlton and Lee Bowyer. The list was formed, the intro written, and the ideas supported by statistics and video analysis. After 53 minutes nothing had changed my plan.

Then, Jonny Williams and Chuks Aneke entered the fray, and the game flipped on its head. …

Benjy Nurick

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