On Tuesday night, Charlton Athletic travelled to the Macron stadium to take on the only team in the division which has a worse record then them, only to snatch a draw and get relegated.

Charlton Athletic were promoted to the SkyBet Championship back in 2012, where on the 21st of April 2012, they were crowned the champions of League One under Chris Powell, and secured the season with 101 points.

The future was looking bright for the Addicks back in 2012, and this was evident by their first season back in the second-tier of English football, whereby Charlton Athletic finished in 9th place (2012-13 Championship Season) only 4 points from a Play-Off position, which is an extremely impressive display for a team only just returning.

However, in the following January of 2014, the infamous Roland Duchatelet purchased the South London Side for £18 million, and at first, fans were excited and pleased, Duchatelet is worth £400 million, and at the time was owner of Standard Liege. As an Addick fan myself, I thought this is it! We are returning to the Premier League!

Oh how wrong was I….

Since then, the legend who is Chris Powell, who led the Addicks to be Champions of League One at an impressive 101 points was sacked because he refused to play Duchatelet’s inexperienced and simply not good enough network players, from his lower league clubs in Belgium, Serbia and Spain.

Charlton fans week-on-week began to witness a Belgian Tycoon rip the heart, soul, passion and love out of the club that all fans like myself bleed for. It is a club which has a rich history, a complicated one at that, but always comes back stronger, however, fans are fearing and speculating that this is the worst era for the Addicks to date.

And the inevitable has happened, the disgraceful and pitiful board, management and structure and Charlton Athletic has led to its pitfall back to League One, undoing all the great work Chris Powell created back in the 2012/13 season.

I am angry, frustrated and sad, it’s that relegation feeling that any club who has been relegated can sympathies with, I am hoping that over the Summer Roland Duchatelet will lower his selling price of £38 million, and leave, as revolts, rebellion and protest against the man is significantly going to ramp up over the upcoming weeks.


About Author

Charlton Athletic fan who is still proud and loves the achievements under Jimmy Seed, Alan Curbishley and Chris Powell. I am still waiting for the day when we return to the top flight of English Football! I am staunchly against the Roland Duchatelet ownership and support CARD in his removal. I am also a qualified referee with the London FA. Twitter: @ValleyFloydFred