Charlton Athletic End Of Term Report: A Season Of Success Under Chris Powell

It's been a sharp fall from grace for Charlton Athletic since they were relegated from the heady lights of the Premier League in the summer of 2007. But things are looking up again, with promotion to the Championship achieved this season by a unified Addicks squad managed by one of their greats...
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It's been a sharp fall from grace for Charlton Athletic since they were relegated from the heady lights of the Premier League in the summer of 2007. But things are looking up again, with promotion to the Championship achieved this season by a unified Addicks squad managed by one of their greats...

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Charlton Athletic End Of Term Report

The ‘I f*cking love this game’ highlight of the season?

I could write a whole article on this alone. The good times just kept on coming this season. There were a number of moments that would have lit up most of our recent campaigns. If ending Huddersfield’s “unbeaten” run with consummate ease suggested we were the real deal, our back-to-back victories over the two Sheffield clubs in January put it beyond doubt. There were a number of last minute winners and a few good away days but the highlight has to be sealing our promotion away at Carlisle. It was an emotional outpouring of relief and joy.

The season ticket shredding moment?

There hasn’t been one. Even in our biggest defeat of the season, 4 – 0 away to Fulham, we put up a good fight and were unlucky to lose by such a margin.

Moment that just about summed it all up?

Watching our second goal against Hartlepool this weekend summed up why we have had such a successful season. After putting us into the lead Danny Haynes raced to the fans in celebration, he was joined by the rest of the team, including keeper Ben Hamer, and even boss Chris Powell. Manager, players and fans were celebrating together, reflecting the collective unity that has defined our Championship charge.

Got the right manager?

Undoubtedly. Powell is certainly the most perfect fit for the club since Alan Curbishley yet there are already fans who hold Powell in a higher regard than 15 year long servant Curbs. At the beginning of the season Powell had a definitive vision. He showed a ruthless streak in clearing out the deadwood but has still displayed impressive man-management skills in keeping a large squad united and free of discontent. His formula was right from day one yet when he’s been forced to, he’s made some astute loan and free signings along the way, none more so than the immense Yann Kermorgant. Despite his remarkable achievements don’t expect him to be leaving The Valley anytime soon. He’s one of us; he loves this club. And we love him for it.

I’m becoming dangerously infatuated with Yann Kermorgant. The French forward has added a touch of class that is clearly beyond league one level.

Player of the season?

It would be unfair to choose. There are about six or seven justifiable candidates. In fact, the 15 or so players forming the core of our squad have all been exceptional. Personally, I’m becoming dangerously infatuated with Yann Kermorgant. The French forward has added a touch of class that is clearly beyond league one level. If it wasn’t Yann, it could easily be another of the 15. Charlton fans are genuinely proud of all their efforts for their club this season.

Best goal?

Scott Wagstaff’s volley on the first day of the season against Bournemouth. The stunning technique and finish set the tone for the season to come.

Biggest tosser?

Miguel Llera at Sheffield Wednesday. Llera, who spent two hopeless seasons at Charlton, has tried to comfort himself with constant quips about how much bigger Wednesday supposedly are. They’ve eventually done well to get promoted, but I’d love to ask him how it feels to finish second by 8 points.

Which player would you like to sign?

I can’t envision the same number of drastic changed being made this pre-season as Powell will look to keep a winning squad together. However, we could benefit with some added firepower up front and a creative spark in our midfield. It may be ambitious, but I would love to see Simeon Jackson on loan from Norwich as well as Gareth McCleary on a free from Forest.

Best pie?

I was recommended the local pie-makers in Chesterfield’s ground and it sure enough delivered. It made a welcome change from the stale Wimpy burgers we have at The Valley.

How do you plan to get through the summer without football?

I’m not sure. I’m already excited.

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