Date: 22nd February 2018 at 11:14pm
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Charlton Athletic manager Karl Robinson has said the takeover of the club ‘will happen’ but unfortunately nobody quite knows when it will happen.

With Charlton Athletic hosting Shrewsbury Town this weekend, Robinson knows we go into the tie in good spirits following victory over former club MK Dons last weekend but meeting with the Official Site and the wider media as he held his pre game press conference, one topic obviously dominated the meeting.

Takeover news.

‘It will happen, we know it will happen. But I haven’t got a clue when. Richard Murray is coming today to watch training. I’ve had no conversation with anybody and no one has called me. I do not have a clue. All I know is we are playing well but timing wise on that, it’s not my job. I don’t get paid to worry about the boardroom, I just concentrate on the pitch.’

Turning attention back to the game this weekend he spoke about Tariqe Fosu’s current fitness and he admitted he wasn’t in line to start a game just yet and he gave a general injury update.

‘No, probably not. If you want him to play the next number of games, then no. You’ve got to be very careful. Nicky Ajose, Pearcey, Michal Zyro and Pagey all played minutes on Monday. So it`s looking good. I`ve got to leave three players out of the squad on Saturday. Everyone`s getting back fit and there`s a buzz around the place.’

He did however welcome a midfield selection headache given his options in that section of the park and the form of individuals.

‘Jake, Ahmed Kashi and Joe covered 38km against MK Dons. It was an unbelievable distance covered by those three players – I`ve never seen that. I can see Joe playing further forward in his career. Jake and Kashi as a pair look unbelievable. They look unreal. But then it`s unfair because you`ve got this extremely talented young player that you need to find a position for. Otherwise the game will lose a talented individual. We’ve got to find a system that fits him in it.’

Robinson went on to say.

‘He won`t play every game, he may or may not play on Saturday – I`m not going to tell Hursty over the camera. But we’ve got to find a way of him to play. We`re really looking well at the moment. Joe`s causing me a headache but that`s a player`s job.’

Speaking more specifically about the challenge he expected Shrewsbury to pose, he added that he was expecting a tough game and he knew Paul Hurst would have them well up for the tie.

‘I went to watch Shrewsbury on Tuesday, what an unbelievable and honest team. They’re very hard working and very well coached. There are very few flaws in their game. I know they rested one or two players, and they’ll be back in for Saturday. We`re really excited by it. It`s one of the best managerial jobs of the year bar none. It`s incredible what he has achieved. We`ve got to be ready.’

Turning his thoughts to Charlton’s run in this season before the end of the campaign, he ended by explained.

‘Weirdly, I have had some peculiar ends to the season. I missed out on a play-off campaign one year when we finished eighth. Then I’ve had a campaign where we got into the play-offs and one where we got automatic promotion. We had a year when we got to a particular stage where we used an academy system, we felt a rebuilding process was needed. Take away that year and we had four out of five years where we had a team in a competitive situation in the back stage of the season.’

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