" Huh ? Where have all the customers gone ? " Roly surveys the crowd at the opening game of the 2016/17 season.
Strangely our dear owner's visit and interviews made diddly squat difference as Charlton ground out a nil all draw. Astonishingly his explanation of where it's all gone wrong, his clear vision and actions for the future and rousing words failed to push the players on or lift spirits in S.E.7.
You really wonder how on earth this man has amassed a fortune. He surely can't have adopted the same approach to business as he does to running his football clubs.
Saturday was an awful game for 75 minutes until injuries brought about the changes that were desperately needed and there was something to make you look up from reading the latest copy of the Trust news.
I felt that Jackson and Cousins achieved little against Bristol City, on Saturday they appeared to be running on empty. At least one of Poyet and Ba had to start against Cardiff. I appreciate being loyal to players but sometimes you can be too loyal for too long. Just ask Curbs in respect of Sasa Ilic.
Reza was totally ineffective and that Lookman didn't come on in his place at half time is a mystery. It's too early to judge Sanogo but at least things started to happen when appeared. I'm far from Big Mak's greatest fan but fair play I thought he did well on Saturday with little support.
Other results went against us and the fat lady is warming up with increasing certainty that she'll be called upon. It now needs everything to go in our favour in order to get out of this mess and it looks ever more unlikely. Should things not change then it call all be over by late February / early March.
Of all the questions put to Roly last week one wasn't asked but I'd love to know the answer to it. For the life of me I don't understand what he gets as a 69 year old living abroad running a football club that is costing him money and apparently is about to cost him even more.
He professes to be a fan of a club that he had no previous connection to and has only ever watched once I believe. How very bizarre ! Against a background of increasing failure and unrest what possible joy or satisfaction is to be gained from it ? What possible motivation is there ?
Roly stills clings to a stubborn belief that his was of running the club will work possibly in the same way that the infinite monkey theorem will deliver the works of Shakespeare. in all probability the monkeys will deliver first !
He has cleared away all the competent staff and those with a sense of belonging to the club and increasingly only the incompetent remain. I was far from impressed with the new employees I saw at the Fans Forum.
It really makes no sense and from a purely financial perspective it only will if he sells all the real estate and players and makes of with a profit. I really can't see any other reason. Otherwise he's a bigger crackpot than I think.
Last week Roly could have come over, taken decisive action, acknowledge the mistakes and outline a sensible approach for the future. Sadly he didn't and it seems that is never going to happen and we're all doomed.
I'm still wondering how far we have yet to fall before this decline is arrested. Falling gates and income allied to his ridiculous strategy could see Roly take us into League Two and beyond. That's how bad it could get.
The man is a blinkered idiot of the highest order.