Charlton finished the season rooted in mid-table mediocrity after a 2-2 draw against Cheltenham in their last game of the season.

They now enter one of the club’s most important summers, as they look to start next season having closed the gap on the top teams in League One, which may be facilitated by a new ownership and a completely transformed squad.

The London club would have dreamed of promotion back to the Championship before the season, but had to settle for being 36 points away from automatic promotion.

Hardly surprising for a team who came tenth, but a demoralising 6-0 loss to Ipswich highlighted the gap between them and the top sides in the league.

Charlton did enjoy a strong showing in the Carabao Cup and made it to the quarter-finals after beating Queens Park Rangers, Walsall, Stevenage and Brighton, before losing to eventual winners Manchester United at Old Trafford.


A real positive for Charlton was in attack, the most consistently picked forward line was Miles Leaburn, Tyreece Campbell, and Jesrun Rak-Sakyi. They are 19, 19 and 20 respectively but contributed with goals and assists.

Unfortunately Rak-Sakyi, who was named Chalrton's player of the year at their end-of-season awards, was on-loan from Crystal Palace and his stellar performances have earned him either a chance to break into the first team at Palace, or a loan to a club in the Championship.

The other two are academy graduates and Leaburn’s father is Carl Leaburn, who played for Charlton, so the Addicks will be desperate to keep hold of them. 

So, what is on Charlton’s agenda this summer?

The first point is to organise the retained list which is likely to be released shortly. This will give an indication of what gaps Dean Holden needs to fill before the start of next season. The manager has apparently told those who are leaving, and the bench for Saturday’s game was largely filled by youngsters.

The next objective will be to resolve the ownership of the club, which continues to be held by Thomas Sandgaard despite the numerous offers which have come in. While Marc Spiegel seemed serious, Charlie Methven had an improved bid rejected and the new option of Roman Gevorkyan has emerged in the last day.

The final thing will be to prepare the club to get out of League One. A club of Charlton's size should not be so low in the football league and the goal is to get promoted next year. This was a sentiment held by club captain George Dobson when he spoke after the end of the season.