Written by Will Perrott
Just over 5 months ago Charlton fans finally got their wish as well established English manager Russell Slade was appointed as manager. In many ways it was seen as a brilliant appointment and a massive step up from the likes or Karel Fraeye and Guy Luzon.
Almost everyone in SE7 understood Slade was taking on a massive role at Charlton. Although It isn’t a situation he hasn’t been in before, Russell has experience of working under terrible owners and has always managed to hit targets. He settled the ship at Cardiff and led them to an 8th place finish last campaign.
Ricky Holmes and Nicky Ajose were the first signings under the newly appointed Charlton boss, these were the signings that the fans were crying out for last season. SE7 finally had some creativity but it’s been the complete opposite and Charlton have looked very poor in the opening 13 games to the 2016/17 season, Slade has already received a huge amount of stick for his negative style of play and his questionable tactics.
After home losses to AFC Wimbledon and Rochdale the Valley faithful have turned on the hugely experienced Slade. Was a man who has never actually achieved promotion really expected to lead Charlton back to the Championship at the first time of asking?
With no disrespect to Leyton Orient I think when you have managed a club with a pedigree like their’s, a mid table finish in league one is seen as a success and I think it’s hard to go and manage a club like Charlton who should at the very least be floating in the middle of the Championship. This could be why Slade is happy with a draw at Scunthorpe and a draw against Oldham, in my opinion I believe it’s because he has the same mentality he had at Leyton Orient and he has to come to the realisation that Charlton Athletic need to be in the Championship.
I can completely understand that he has restrictions and Roland Duchâtelet’s ownership can not help him at all but he has a squad who are capable of playing attacking football and pushing for promotion. So why is Russell leaving a 20 goal a season striker on the bench! Why is Russell playing one upfront and just smacking the ball up when you have Lookman and Holmes who can turn defence into attack?
There is still 31 games to play and Slade could still turn it around but to do so he will have to get the fans back on his side. Charlton do not deserve to be languishing in league one and the best way to get escape league one is to play attacking football and go at teams, it is as simple as that. We aren’t Leyton Orient Slade, we are Charlton Athletic!
Charlton fans, does Slade have to change his approach? Is his time running out? Let us know in the comments below!
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