Relationships between the owner of Charlton Athletic FC and his paying Customers is at all time low in modern history. Journalists, Bloggers, Messageboards and day-to-day conversations are increasingly negative.
It appears evident, not only that Roland Duchatelet is unconcerned, but he is going to persevere using his Network model to run his clubs with least cost and convenience favoured over best value and good management practice. His decision on Monday to reappoint Jose Riga as manager at SL was hard to understand. Us Charlton fans are largely supportive of Riga based on his cameo and relegation avoiding stint at The Valley, but why wasn't he good enough to carry the job in the Summer if he's good enough for the top Network job?
The token addition of 32 year old Roger Johnson to our defence on deadline line has also amused as many as it has disappointed those of us who know precisely where the teams shortfalls currently lie and has lead to even more criticism.
There is still a vocal lobby of eternal optimists and those who accept completely that the owner can do whatever he likes with his football club and that us mere supporters, without whom there would quickly be no club, would do well to join their Uriah Heap impersonations.
What's for sure is that there will be consequences. I said at the top if this post that things are currently the worst they have been in modern times. The levels of disatisfaction and anger aimed at the Glikstens (Michael in particular) was more pointed and direct. The common argument at the time was that the family had bled Charlton dry over the decades and this contrasted badly with the parlous state Michael left us in with the club a shrunken image of it's previous pre and post war glories. The "Glikstens out" protests raged during and after matches and there was an angry mob baying for blood behind the West Stand on occasion.
The whole Back to the Valley campaign wasn't driven by any anti-ownership feeling but by the single issue of saving our club from slow death away from SE7, although the strength of feeling and conviction of the fans to do something has never been rivalled.
So, I am left wondering when the disaffected will make a stand. Some are calling for the Supporters Trust to pick up the cudgel but I think that unlikely. They exist, ultimately, to represent the supporters at large when interacting with the Club and to safeguard the existence of the club. Whilst there are still Uriah Heaps and the owner is minted, the Trust won't be burning bridges.
On the basis that dialogue won't work, we need a strategic plan of independent action to get under Roly's skin and encourage him to sell us on. Perhaps it will take relegation to ignite the fans but there will be several thousand less by then who give a toss. I wonder what the "Royal Oak" group are up to - they have been unusually quiet?