Former Charlton Athletic boss Alan Curbishley has revealed serious concerns over the state of his former side heading into the new Championship season.
With just a week of the summer transfer window left to run, he insists that the Addicks are still in need of more additions following their promotion but is aware that the conditions surrounding the club could make that difficult to achieve
“[Charlton] have to bring some players in, it’s very difficult,” he told the Racing Post (as handed to FLW via agency Ready10).
“A day after promotion via the play-offs, he lost half his team. There were loan signings and people out of contract, they couldn’t compete with the wages that other clubs were offering.
“I think the next week before the window closes, it’s going to be an important time for Lee (Bowyer) and Charlton. I think they need another three or four players in.
“The club is in turmoil. Not so much with Lee and the squad, but I can see more demonstrations going on.
“I think the fans left off (the protests) last season and it really did the club a favour. The longer this goes on, if results go against them early on, there’ll be more demonstrations at the club and it won’t bode well for the season.”
This summer has seen seven new faces arrive at the Valley as Bowyer looks to piece together a side capable of suriving in the Championship.
Macauley Bonne, Tom Lockyer, Chuks Aneke, Ben Purrington, Deji Oshilaja, Ben Amos and Nathan Harness have all made the trip to the club, although Curbishley is clearly doubtful it will be enough.
But despite these concerns, it is a season that he is still thoroughly looking forward to, not least for when two of his former stars meet in the dug-out.
Fulham manager Scott Parker made over 100 appearances for Charlton after graduating through the Addicks academy, with Curbishley managing him throughout his time at the Valley.
With Bowyer following the same route years earlier, it is a clash that Curbishley cannot wait to see play out.
“It’s interesting because I can’t wait to see Charlton play Fulham because both my ex-players, who I didn’t think would be managers, Lee Bowyer and Scott Parker, are both managers,” he said.
“I think the players like him (Scott Parker). He was always planning to do this, he took his badges before he retired, went off to Spurs in the academy then returned to Fulham. There must have been a plan that he would take over at some time.
“When Ranieri took over at Chelsea, he signed Scott from Charlton so he knew him and kept him in the fold at Fulham.
“It was the right place at the right time as Scotty was sitting there, ready to take over. There was a big vote of confidence from the players when he took over but it will be difficult for the three relegated teams.”
This weekend sees Lee Bowyer’s Charlton kick-off their campaign away to Blackburn Rovers whilst Fulham travel to Barnsley.