Personnel associated with Charlton Athletic have started speaking to the press and stating that top six is the absolute minimum next season, or the club would have failed. The problem is they did this last season, and we are now getting a case of Deja Vu – but will this time Charlton succeed?
This time last year, in Charlton’s Sky Bet Championship 2015/16 campaign, the Addicks were confirmed as being relegated to the third tier of professional English football. In the following weeks after the confirmation of relegation, after the Addicks were only able to see out a 0 – 0 draw with Bolton Wanderers, it was a case of the club seeing out the remaining weeks, meanwhile, the protests were escalating.
In the summer, after the failure to secure the services of Chris Wilder as the next Charlton Athletic manager, Russell Slade filled the turbulent managerial hot seat at The Valley. At this time, Katrien Meire, Russell Slade and the players came out on several occasions to ensure the fans that top six was the absolute minimum. However, the Addicks find themselves sitting in 15th, with two games left to play in the Sky Bet League One 2016/17 campaign.
As we are getting to the time now where the current season is coming to a conclusion. The latest manager at Charlton Athletic, Karl Robinson, is emulating similar ambitions along with his players for an absolute minimum top six finish, and arguably competing for top two, rather than the playoffs which are a gamble at their finest.
The latest Charlton Athletic player to make clear that top six is the absolute minimum, otherwise it can only be categorised as a failure, is Jake Forster-Caskey who spoke to Kent Live.
“I want to do well here,” he said. “I think this club has the same ambitions as I do. That’s one of the reasons I came here.
“It was a big decision for me to come down from The Championship and for me, it is about being in the top six, at least, of League One and pushing for promotion. If we don’t get that it could only be seen as a failure.”
The words of Forster-Caskey are what was heard also by many parts of the Charlton establishment at the end of last season, and we are now experiencing a case of deja vu, but we can only hope that Robinson has an executable plan, and next season will be a campaign of success for the Addicks.