Charlton Athletic Boss Takes Dig At Club’s “Mid-Table” Recruitment Strategy

Michael Appleton, head coach of Charlton Athletic, has conceded that the club’s recruitment must be better than in previous seasons as the January transfer window approaches.

The Addicks have failed to stay up with the rest of the top six this season, and they are currently nine points behind the final playoff berth, with a crucial game away at Barnsley yet to come on Saturday. With a strong win against Cambridge United in Neil Harris’ first game in charge of the visitors, Appleton’s men appeared to be one step closer to the promotion places.


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Charlton was leading 2-0 in the closing five minutes of the game when everything went wrong. Gassan Ahadme equalized for the visitors three minutes from time before converting a contentious penalty in stoppage time to earn the visitors a vital point.

It’s yet another disappointing outcome for the Addicks in what has been a tumultuous season so far, which hasn’t been helped in recent weeks by news of Miles Leaburn’s long-term absence from the squad.

With the January transfer window rapidly approaching, supporters will undoubtedly hope that Appleton is given resources to enhance the team ahead of the second half of the season.

However, in an interview with London News Online about the upcoming winter transfer window, the manager slammed the club’s current recruitment tactics [quotes via Blackpool Gazette]:

“In fairness to all the players who are either fit or not available for me at the minute, it would be stupid of me and daft of me not to say that if we’re going to have any chance of getting out of this league, the transfer windows are massive.

“And let’s face it, they have to be a million times better than they have been the last couple of windows.

“At the end of the day if we want to compete at the top end of this league this has to happen. If not, then we will be where we have been for the past two or three seasons and just be a mid-table team – I don’t want that. I’ve not come here to do that. And I’m sure everyone else is in the same boat.”

Writer’s View

These are some interesting remarks from Appleton, but many Charlton Athletic fans will understand what the manager is saying. Forget about management appointments; Charlton’s team recruiting has been inadequate in recent seasons.

whereas it comes to football, onlookers are far too ready to evaluate a manager based on the team’s shortcomings on the field, whereas the transfer window is far more crucial. If Charlton want to return to the Championship before the end of next season, they must start recruiting wiser and better.

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