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View Badger11's Profile Badger11 Flag Beckenham 13 May 24 8.09am Send a Private Message to Badger11 Add Badger11 as a friend

As I have Charlton and Millwall mates I thought I would start a thread on where they are and what next season holds for them.

Charlton
Under new owners (yet again) led by Charlie Methven he's promising the fans a lot whilst promising his backers he will cut their losses of £10m pa. How do you square that circle Charlie?

The fans are cautiously optimistic, their manager has led them on a pretty good run away from relegation to mid table mediocrity.

Charlton fans are obsessed with the Ipswich model and believe this is the route to the PL. Essentially the model is that you get a good manager and players, err isn't that what every club tries to do?

It looks like Ipswich built a Championship side in L1 where there are few financial restrictions (outspending all others) so when they got promoted to the Championship (which has FFP) they only spent £4m getting promoted to the PL.

So rather than roll the dice in the Championship you do it in L1. The problem Charlie Methven has is that he's a minority owner and has to persuade the fund manager owners in the US to gamble. Charlton fans believe their team is poor and needs a major buying window if they are to get out of the Northern league (sorry I mean L1).

Conclusion
It's all about the money. Methven has made big promises to the fans and if they don't have a good transfer window the natives will be restless. Spending big in L1 is a huge gamble because the revenues in the Championship aren't that much better. You could get promoted and then be stuck in the bottom half of the Championship with a load of debt and not good enough for the PL.

Some strong teams have been relegated with some coming up so L1 which is mainly Northern will be a tough division to get out of.

My guess: Playoff if they are lucky.

 


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View Badger11's Profile Badger11 Flag Beckenham 13 May 24 8.19am Send a Private Message to Badger11 Add Badger11 as a friend

Millwall

Their fans are buzzing right now. With the return of Neil Harris they have been on a good run away from relegation. Millwall are stalwarts of the Championship and to date have survived normally on a smaller budget than most teams so punching above their weight.

The club has just announced a new deal with Lewisham Council and a 999 year lease of the ground. There will be a major redevelopment of the area around the ground and their stadium will be rebuilt.

The outside of the new ground looks like railway arches which I innocently mentioned only to be growled out that the new ground will look like the outside of the coliseum. Anyway no promises when this will be done.

Millwall don't buy big but are about to announce the signing of a centre half they got on loan from Spurs for £3m which will be their record signing. They are buzzing about this guy and it seems a good fit.

Their American owner died in a car accident and his son has taken over. His dad was very conservative with money and Millwall were stable under him.

Millwall have just sacked 3 of their Senior Management team including recruitment which the fans are happy about. My mates reckon they are going for it this season, so is Berylson Jnr gambling unlike his dad.

Conclusion.
Millwall have been an annoyingly stable club in the Championship with the recent moves hinting that the new owner wants more it could be good times for Millwall fans.

However they have very little money so if they get this wrong they could find themselves in trouble.

My Guess: I reckon they will be looking at a playoff place.

Edited by Badger11 (13 May 2024 8.21am)

 


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View eritheagle's Profile eritheagle Flag Erith 13 May 24 9.30am Send a Private Message to eritheagle Add eritheagle as a friend

The centre back Millwall are buying from Spurs is Tenganga who was highly rated but got sent off against us when we beat them 3-0 at Selhurst.
I heard there new stadium is gonna seat 36,000 which i then asked "are they expecting a lot of away fans then?" as they struggle to fill a 20,000 stadium.

 

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View silvertop's Profile silvertop Flag Portishead 13 May 24 9.34am Send a Private Message to silvertop Add silvertop as a friend

South of the River rivalries are an odd thing. Charlton look to us but we don't reciprocate. We traditionally look to Millwall, but they don't look at us (West Ham). We're just Stripy Nigels. Thus, we have our new found chums on the south coast who, while they return the favour, put the term "South London" to the test.

Hardly Glasgow, is it?

 

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Yellow Card - User has been warned of conduct on the messageboards View YT's Profile YT Online Flag Oxford 13 May 24 9.59am Send a Private Message to YT Add YT as a friend

You could write a synopsis about any team in any division and the conclusion will almost invariably be the same: the clubs with the most money will be the most successful. This has been fleshed out in various books and articles.

We are more successful than Millwall because we are richer than Millwall. And then Millwall are richer than Charlton.

Every fan of every club wants their club to "spend more money", by which, of course, they mean that they want someone else to cough up money so that they can enjoy a better experience as a fan.

 


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View Dubai Eagle's Profile Dubai Eagle Online Flag 13 May 24 11.28am Send a Private Message to Dubai Eagle Add Dubai Eagle as a friend

I have checked back on my post reference the Colosseum -
I only mentioned it in reference to Dorkings post about the railway arches & I can assure all that there was absolutely no growling involved or intimated (or even roaring, as in Lions) lol.

 

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View Badger11's Profile Badger11 Flag Beckenham 13 May 24 11.54am Send a Private Message to Badger11 Add Badger11 as a friend

Originally posted by eritheagle

The centre back Millwall are buying from Spurs is Tenganga who was highly rated but got sent off against us when we beat them 3-0 at Selhurst.
I heard there new stadium is gonna seat 36,000 which i then asked "are they expecting a lot of away fans then?" as they struggle to fill a 20,000 stadium.

Actually I was told 30,000 and apparently they are selling out this season. However like us due to safety rules it will never be a 20,000 crowd. Anyway the stadium is nothing more than a promise, this is all about building housing estates.

 


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View Badger11's Profile Badger11 Flag Beckenham 13 May 24 12.00pm Send a Private Message to Badger11 Add Badger11 as a friend

Originally posted by YT

You could write a synopsis about any team in any division and the conclusion will almost invariably be the same: the clubs with the most money will be the most successful. This has been fleshed out in various books and articles.

We are more successful than Millwall because we are richer than Millwall. And then Millwall are richer than Charlton.

Every fan of every club wants their club to "spend more money", by which, of course, they mean that they want someone else to cough up money so that they can enjoy a better experience as a fan.

Agreed.

What I find fascinating is the gap between them and the PL. If Millwall sign this player for 3m that is their record signing and the average they spend in transfers per season on all players. So for them this is their Benteke moment.

A couple of seasons back they had a Leeds centre back on loan and wanted to buy him but wouldn't go to the £1.5m that Leeds wanted. That centre Back is now supposedly worth £20m so maybe Millwall are thinking they can flip this Spurs player.

As for Charlton they are so far down the pecking order they were praying that they could afford to sign Freddie Ladapo (yup ex Palace) they did and he's crap.

Edited by Badger11 (13 May 2024 12.01pm)

 


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Originally posted by Badger11

Agreed.

What I find fascinating is the gap between them and the PL. If Millwall sign this player for 3m that is their record signing and the average they spend in transfers per season on all players. So for them this is their Benteke moment.

A couple of seasons back they had a Leeds centre back on loan and wanted to buy him but wouldn't go to the £1.5m that Leeds wanted. That centre Back is now supposedly worth £20m so maybe Millwall are thinking they can flip this Spurs player.

As for Charlton they are so far down the pecking order they were praying that they could afford to sign Freddie Ladapo (yup ex Palace) they did and he's crap.

Edited by Badger11 (13 May 2024 12.01pm)

Indeed. That's why all the old clichés about "the richest game in the world" etc get rolled out at the time of the Championship play-off final.

 


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View PalazioVecchio's Profile PalazioVecchio Flag south pole 13 May 24 5.54pm Send a Private Message to PalazioVecchio Add PalazioVecchio as a friend

must not forget Creepy Crawley, Wimbledon, Sutton, Bromley etc.

 


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View Elpis's Profile Elpis Online Flag In a pub 13 May 24 10.17pm Send a Private Message to Elpis Add Elpis as a friend

Originally posted by PalazioVecchio

must not forget Creepy Crawley, Wimbledon, Sutton, Bromley etc.

Sutton were relegated to the National league .

 

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View ASCPFC's Profile ASCPFC Flag Pro-Cathedral/caravan park 14 May 24 8.43pm Send a Private Message to ASCPFC Add ASCPFC as a friend

Originally posted by Elpis

Sutton were relegated to the National league .

Somebody forgot them.

 


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