Karl Robinson: I didn’t ask for a penny from Charlton Athletic when I left – sometimes you can’t choose the timing of your exit

By Richard Cawley
Karl Robinson quit Charlton Athletic yesterday – then revealed he did not demand a penny in compensation.
The Liverpudlian became the new Oxford United manager yesterday afternoon.
He had made two attempts to resign from his role in SE7 – rebuffed by owner Roland Duchatelet – before his exit was allowed.
Assistant boss Lee Bowyer has taken caretaker charge, with player-coach Johnnie Jackson assisting the former Newcastle, Leeds United and West Ham midfielder.
Charlton announced Robinson’s departure as “mutual consent”. When asked by the South London Press if  he had been handed a pay-off, the 37-year-old replied: “Not at all. I’ve walked away from a few things. I could quite easily have stayed and waited to get paid off. But it was completely clean. It was a case of shaking hands and thank you very much.
“I am not that type of person. I don’t want people to ever think I’ve taken something to leave or to keep quiet – because that is
certainly not the case.”
Robinson’s issues stemmed from a lack of major financial commitment from Duchatelet in the January transfer window, with the club firmly in the promotion mix at the time. Plus his position was majorly under threat if a new group assumed control of the Addicks, the Australian consortium fronted by Andrew Muir could complete their takeover early next week with Crawley Town’s Harry Kewell lined up for the hotseat.
“You can’t always pick the perfect time to go,” said Robinson. “We had all heard that the takeover was imminent, then I was told it was a long way away and now it is very close again.
“People are well within their rights, whatever they need to do, to take the football club forward.
“Something came up very quickly and people in the game were aware that I had handed in my resignation, not once but twice. People know there was another opportunity around the corner.
“It was hard to make that decision, because of the relationship I have got with the players and staff there. We’ve done so much over the space of 18 months, things people don’t overly see.
“They are in a great position to really move forward. I don’t want anyone thinking the season is written off – there is still a massive possibility the club can still get promoted.”

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10 thoughts on “Karl Robinson: I didn’t ask for a penny from Charlton Athletic when I left – sometimes you can’t choose the timing of your exit

  • 23rd March 2018 at 7:53 am
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    No one can blame you after all you have tried to do (with either one hand or both tied behind your back) in your attempt to deal with an invidious situation which was not of your own making- good luck for the future

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  • 23rd March 2018 at 11:07 am
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    Thank you for doing your best under awful circumstances good luck at Oxford

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  • 23rd March 2018 at 11:27 am
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    An honourable honest decent guy. 6th most successful manager of CAFC results wise.
    Let down by an owner who was silly or stupid or plainly dishonest. All the best for the future. You had our club at heart in every way which is much appreciated.

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  • 23rd March 2018 at 11:52 am
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    Thanks Karl for doing a great job with your hands tied behind your back and the most difficult owner we have ever had. Ps would liked to have seen what you could have achieved with money .

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  • 23rd March 2018 at 1:03 pm
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    Thanks Karl , how RD did not support you 100% is a joke. Credit to you how you handled the whole situation.Good Luck at Oxford and thanks for getting us close to promotion, couldn’t done it without you.

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  • 23rd March 2018 at 4:23 pm
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    Best of luck at Oxford Karl. You worked at Charlton with dignity and pride right to the last moment. A shame that our owner could not conduct himself in the same way. You were let down royally. Thank you for everything you tried to do in ridiculously bad circumstances.

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  • 23rd March 2018 at 5:00 pm
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    Thanks karl. We all know you did what you could but making you sell a top player in january and not replacing them showed rd was only after lining his own pocket. Good luck at oufc.

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  • 23rd March 2018 at 5:03 pm
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    What a shame that you couldn’t stay with just a few games to go and the playoffs agonisingly still close despite some bad results against lower placed clubs. I have enjoyed what the youngsters have achieved and think we are not far off s decent side. Thank you and good luck

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  • 23rd March 2018 at 5:21 pm
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    Thank you Karl and good luck in the future.

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