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Chris Wilder’s team put an end to the Addicks recent draws. In so doing they strengthened their promotion from League One whilst ensuring that our struggle to remain in it continues.
Obviously we look at Wilder and think of what might have been if our number one choice had taken the job back in the summer. I think it’s fair to say that he would have got us into a play-off place at least.
Following his success in getting the Cobblers promoted last season his CV is looking better with each passing season.
Comparisons with our present manager don’t make good reading. In fact comparing Robinson with most other League One managers isn’t good and conversely his CV is looking worse with each passing season.
Henry Irving summed it up accurately and succinctly with a post on Charlton Life earlier today.
“ We'll never know how Wilder would have done under this regime. We can all see how badly Tarbuck is doing.
Slade was sacked and Robinson appointed to give us " the best chance of promotion". Robinson was given a transfer window and he brought in five players.
None have made a huge impression or improvement due to injuries, suspensions or just not being picked by the manager who signed them.
We're now told that it is about next season. But that wasn't the line when Russell "right man for the job" was sacked.
In patches we play some good football under Robinson but that has been when we play 442 using Slade and previous managers players. And we played as well if not better under Nugent who didn't have Holmes or a transfer window.
Karl wasted months, and many points and a transfer window, trying to make 4231 work and has failed.
We are set for our worse league finish in 90 years.
Wilder can hardly have done worse if he tried but at Sheffield Utd he's been allowed to get on with the job. He's built a team spirit and has a consistent way of playing.
Large portions of his budget aren't being spent on players loaned out to other clubs or paying off previous mistakes. And Wilder isn't obliged to put young players in the shop window for a quick sale.
Wilder never got £8m for a young striker either. But then again neither did Robinson. £400k from £8m to spend but even that wasn't spent well. Injury prone players or inexperienced loaners rather than proven, battle hardened performers but remember Karl you're a farmer not a coach. You job is to babysit any talent we have until they are sold. “
That struck a chord with me as I found myself agreeing with every word.
Many will cite our owners and of course they are always a factor. However, Robinson has a good squad at his disposal and it must the envy of most in the league. Indeed at MK he had pretty much of what he had in the Championship last season.
Robinson’s league record for this season, 2016-17 for both us and MK doesn’t make good viewing.
P 30 W 9 D 14 L 17 Pts 41
What ought to be an accurate comparison to a degree is to look at how Robinson’s former team are doing under their new manager, Robbie Neilson.
Robbie Neilson’s league record - P 18 W 7 D 5 L 6 Pts 26
MK sit one place below us with the same number of points on goal difference but have a game in hand.
In the transfer window MK lost one of their better players in Carruthers and certainly haven’t been able to recruit to the extent and supposed quality that Robinson has.
In his time with us Robinson has told us of how we have the most fantastic players in the league, the next Deli Alli and another who is a Premier league player in waiting.
Robinson’s league record for us :- P 20 W 4 D 8 L 8 Pts 20
The comparison with Neilson’s lesser talented squad show that he has garnered 6 points more from 2 fewer games.
The above doesn’t take into account injuries and suspensions of course but all teams get them.
Robinson doesn’t seem able to get a decent 90 minutes out of our boys. Some folk like the way we played in the 2nd half on Tuesday and for most of yesterday.
Definitely an improvement on recent performances but isn’t it a minimum of what we should expect to see from this squad ?
That the better performances have come from playing a 4-4-2 formation isn’t a surprise. It shouldn’t have taken so long for Robinson to ditch his wretched 4-2-3-1 that clearly wasn’t working.
I believe that most folk can see that Robinson isn’t all that good and of course there’s an awful lot of talk with him. I don't need to see him have a summer transfer window as I know it won't go well especially if we get more nonsense that some clubs won't sell to us or demand outrageous fees.
In addition, as Henry says his player recruitment isn’t that good. Da Silva is a case in point. Why did he get him ? He hardly plays and has only done so recently as there was no other option.
It seems that we’ve got Robinson to the end of the season. We have to hope that he can steer us to safety. I don’t think it’ll be that easy and in the meantime we have to do our best to avoid the numerous pre and post-match interviews.