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Charlton boss Karl Robinson explains why he was low-key on final day...

Charlton boss Karl Robinson explains why he was low-key on final day of League One season

Charlton Athletic manager Karl Robinson watching from the stands

Karl Robinson has moved to explain his downbeat mood at the end of last season – rubbishing rumours he could be set to walk away from Charlton Athletic.

The bubbly Scouser was low-key as the Addicks finished their League One campaign on April 30 with a 3-0 victory over Swindon Town. Thirteen points from a possible 15 saw the club finish 13th in the final standings.

“At no stage do I have a divine right to say I will be at any football club,” said Robinson.

“It’s not my club. I have to sit down and make sure it is in great shape going forward.

“I’m so desperate to be here, everyone knows that. I was disappointed because we have taken 13 points out of our last 15 – I didn’t really want the season to end.

Charlton Athletic manager Karl Robinson and Jason Pearce celebrate at the end of the game

“People were starting to understand what was expected to play for our club.

“When I came in there had been managers who had come and gone. People would come in and start well, have a bit of trouble and disciplinarian stuff, then results would go bad and the next one would come in.

“I want people who work hard. I won’t take any excuses.

“I’m not going to give people an easy ride. You don’t get an easy ride at the top.

“You don’t wake up and just go ‘that will do today’ or ‘that will do’ and be successful. It’s an impossible mindset to have. It is about people willing to come in and push themselves to their limits, things they didn’t think they could do.

Charlton Athletic manager Karl Robinson celebrates at the end of the game with goalkeeper Declan Rudd

“The body and mind are the most incredible things on this planet. I don’t think we push them enough.

“I felt we left too much in the tank and had a lot more to give.

“The mindset of the team was brilliant in the last month. They started to understand each other and what it takes to play for Charlton and they also saw the fans’ response when they gave that effort.”

Robinson will soon have fresh faces in his squad – that is just the players who have been away on loan in the past campaign.

Forward Igor Vetokele, 25, split it between Waregem and Sint-Truiden – netting six times in 26 games – while former Tottenham man Cristian Ceballos, 24, had a season-long stay at the latter.

“What I want to do is speak to all the players who have been away,” said Robinson. “I want to know why they have been away, what their situation is.

“If we can we will look at them. What is important is making the right decision for Charlton Athletic. For as long as they have been making decisions here it has been to abide by other peoples’ rules and their games. It has got to be for the best by our club and fans.

“People probably feel they have a bit of success and we owe it to them – but people have got to dance to our tune. That they are not above rules. The biggest aspects of our recruitment is work ethic and desire.

Charlton Athletic’s manager Karl Robinson.

“The training ground is looking absolutely phenomenal.

“I was speaking to the groundsman and he has said in all his years being there he had never seen what is happening at Charlton this summer.

“Paul Geary has been there a long time and I want to say thank you to the groundstaff at The Valley and the training ground.

“If we get the right weather and great growth then it will be the best it has ever been.

“I’m bringing people to the training ground to show what we’re doing – not just in words.”

Sports Editor | South London Press sports editor since 2007 who has covered huge sporting events for the paper – Crystal Palace’s Championship play-off final, two trips to Wembley in the FA Cup and David Haye’s world heavyweight unification fight with Wladimir Klitschko. Previously sub-edited on the Sunday Mirror, Daily Star and Sport First. Former ClubCall deputy editor.


  1. Hi
    I find Gobbo’s comments about why he was so low at the end of the final game of the season quite amazing indeed and nearly a month ago and decided to state why he was so low!!! Yet in the same breath stating deep down that, at last, praising the team to start to realise what playing for CAFC entails!!!
    Yes, Charlton being Charlton and nothing has ever surprised us and even more these last 3 and a bit seasons and indeed since Gobbo was appointed.
    However, we still await our first signing, since the appointment of this so- called recruitment officer and also awaiting official confirmation of JJ’s & LB appointments.
    Yes, I realise that these things take time, but come on how long does it take and the same with players and acknowledge that they looking out for their own interests ie bigger and better contracts.
    Also going to speak to the loan players out including SARR??? and why would they want to come back to CAFC, but in any case, CAFC are still paying them for what? Yes playing for other clubs.
    Oh well maybe look forward to our usual panic 6 loanee and maybe a couple of permanent players, then the latter will get injured and same, same as ever.
    Maybe we might be surprised this year and note Avory singing the praises of the CEO and yes he has to I suppose and yes he has done a fantastic job.
    However, the poison is still at the club, well at least 2 people and will any player seriously want to come to Charlton with these extreme uncertainty surrounding the club and Holmes??? Is he staying or not and frankly could not blame him if he really wants out, despite saying all the right things.
    All players are the same, I suppose in that regard.


Charlton boss Karl Robinson explains why he was low-key on final day...