Charlton Athletic owner Roland Duchatelet is far from popular with fans of the South-East London club. Yesterday he authorised the sacking of the third manager from his European 'network', Guy Luzon. Charlton are currently in the relegation positions in the Championship.Moreover, the club has a history of fan involvement and engagement which stemmed from the successful 'Back to the Valley' campaign. Fans are unhappy about the distance of the present management from them. There seems to be an emerging narrative that the club would be better rid of older fans who are perennial grumblers. No doubt many of them are, and the club does have a problem with an ageing support base, but they are still a core element of the support.
In a prescient analysis in the latest edition of fanzine Voice of the Valley, editor Rick Everitt points to the growing threats to the club's support base, much of which is now located in Kent as fans moved out from the home boroughs of Bexley and Greenwich. There has been concern that a resurgent West Ham United will attract fans from Kent to the Olympic Stadium given the availability of fast rail links. Read more from the football economy article
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