Saturday, June 30, 2007

Doors Open for Flops

Out the door they go - all those players who haven't been doing the business over the last months are now finally being waved goodbye, now that their contracts have expired:

Talal El Karkouri is out, and will probably now play in Qatar as has been rumoured.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is officially now gone, although notice of his impending departure came some weeks back.

Thomas Myrhe leaves after a couple of years good service, but with no expectation of playing in the first team last year, he indicated a preference to go home to Norway. Now he can...

Wingers Myles Weston and Alastair John both leave without making a first team appearance.

Nathan Ashton did get one game (cup versus Carlisle) but didn't look the part, and other young left backs are being preferred.

Rurik Gislason has a reputation, but it seemed that it was for being injured at the wrong time, rather than the potential to be the next Eidur Gudjohnsson.

And finally, Kevin Lisbie, or should that be Super Kevin Lisbie, always the epitome of a young striker on the verge of a a first team breakthough, can now justify his tag at another club (Possibly Gillingham?).

These departures, along with Bryan Hughes and Darren Bent who also left Charlton this week, could reduce the wage bill by as much as £125,000 a week. In the curtrent climate, that is money well saved.

Other news, Darren Bent spent his first day as a fully fledged Spurs player watching the rain come down at Wimbledon; interviewed by BBC as a fill in while no play was in progress, it did rankle that the caption had him as "England and Tottenham Hotspur". As ever, he had kind words to say about Charlton and hoped the money gained from his transfer would be put to good use at the club.

And (allegedly) spending some of the cash from the sale of Darren Bent today was Charlton Director and former Chairman Richard Collins, driving his Rolls Royce with personalised number plate into the car clean and shine place in Sherman Road, Bromley. I guess he will want to have it looking all spick and span when he parks it next to the players cars in the car parks at Sparrows Lane or The Valley over the coming few weeks.

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Does anyone make money out of CAFC other than the players? I think the directors have to keep putting their hands in their pockets to fund this and that. Perhaps you can put me in the picture?
David Whyte-Whyte-Whyte
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