Charlton Athletic’s Karl Robinson happy but knows he must win games

02 December 2016 07:12
Karl Robinson, who leads his new team against his former side MK Dons in the FA Cup, turned down three clubs before accepting the Charlton job but knows there’s a lot to doIt may be a crisp winter’s afternoon in south London but the staff at Sparrows Lane have a spring in their step. The Charlton Athletic training ground has finished with its sessions for the day and lunch is being served. Players are exchanging tips on clothing and cologne. On one wall of the small reception hangs an inspirational quote from Vince Lombardi. Opposite are architectural plans for the club’s new “integrated training facility”.Meanwhile, upstairs, squeezed between a dartboard and a babyfoot table, is Karl Robinson, the man charged with making sure this good feeling extends beyond the training ground, on to the pitch and, just as importantly, into the stands of The Valley. “I don’t know what length of contract I’ve signed,” the new Charlton manager says with a broad smile. “I don’t need to know that because I need to win games. I need to make people believe in me, make the players believe in each other, make the fans believe in the team and the board. If we do all that …” Related: Pigs fly at the Valley as Charlton and Coventry fans stage joint protest Continue readingreadfullarticle

Source: TheGuardian