Whilst our League One rivals have begun to re-shape and prepare their squads for the season ahead, there has been no transfer activity in SE7 so far. Phil Parkinson, who is effectively acting Manager, has confirmed interest in Miguel Llera and Wade Small although no mention made of Peter Clarke or Liam Dickinson, both of whom we have apparently gone cold on. Parky has also been keen to tell us that there has been no interest yet from any buyers in our most marketable players; Zheng Zhi, Bailey, Racon or Shelvey. No news either that Forch or Matty Holland have accepted the offers they have been made. Perhaps we are suffeing from decision paralysis because there has been no breaking of the log-jam in terms of funding and without that there is a reluctance to or inability to bring in any new faces.
Whatever the reasons, the fact is that we have seven weeks to D-Day and we are beginning to run the risk of repeating previous mistakes of not being fully ready for the opening day of the season. I will do my pieces if we get off to a less-than-auspicious start and we hear the phrases about players not having time to gel and all those lame excuses. Everybody acknowledges that we need some real changes, fresh faces and big characters if we are to change the spirit in the camp and get some real belief that we can compete and win games in this division.
Come on Charlton, pull your finger out or at least communicate the intent. It's not good enough to offer a Q&A for 9th July and expect us all to sit here in silence until then. Again, I have to ask what Steve Waggott is doing? I know he's not skiving but there doesn't appear to be any output or productivity on the managerial or playing fronts. In the circumstances, no news is not good news.