Charlotte’s World of Sport

Charlotte Henbest
Charlotte Henbest

They continually say, “soccer is a funny old game” and with the news that Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder and his assistant Alan Knill are even considering a move to Charlton Athletic, that well-worn comment sums it up for me.

How would they, unless maybe they are doubling their salaries and feel it also adds to their CV, even consider taking on that poisoned chalice of a job. Since the long reign of Alan Curbishley, who by the way surfaced this past Saturday night on Channel 5’s Football League Show, left in 2006 after 11 years they have seen off 13 managers at The Valley, including former Huddersfield Town manager Chris Powell, who is a legend there with the fans.

Wilder, who is from Stocksbridge, now more famous for forging the career of Jamie Vardy than steel, also kicked off his managerial career at Halifax Town after a short spell; at Alfreton, and he teamed up first with Knill at the Shay before they worked together again at Gigg Lane.

They have done a great job with The Cobblers, who last year could have gone to the wall but there must not be a lot in their League One budget for them to consider jumping ship.

Wilder is 48 and Knill is 51, so in terms of management they are still in their eternal youth and with bags of ambition no doubt.

But if I were in their shoes, I would wait for other opportunities to present themselves.

Charlton Athletic, based in south east London, is not one of the sleeping giants of our game but by the time you are reading this they may well have said they are going to take over what right now is a hostile club –supporter-wise.

In fact, the Football League boys wouldn’t let Burnley receive their Championship Cup and medals there last Saturday with Charlton already relegated. They had to do it at the Burnley Town Hall on Monday.