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How things change in five years
How things change in five years
Saturday 14 April 2012, a Bradley Wright-Phillps strike is enoug‎h to give Charlton a 1-0 win at Carlisle.

 With nearest rivals Sheffield Wednesday only managing a draw at Colchester, Wright-Phillips’ strike seals the Adducks’ return to the Championship after a three year exile.

The Owls finished‎ runners-up, and Huddersfield – whose 42 match unbeaten run came to an end at The Valley in November – beat Sheffield United at Wembley in the Play-Off Final.

Fast forward five years and much has changed.‎ Champions Charlton are back in League One, while Huddersfield and Sheffield Wednesday contested a Championship play-off semi-final on Wednesday.

The Terriers – who have gone from strength to strength since David Wagner replaced Chris Powell‎ – went through to the Final after a penalty shoot-out.

They will meet Reading for a place in the Premier League at the end of the month. The Royals qualified for Wembley thanks to a penalty from Yann Kermorgant, a stalwart of Powell’s promotion team.

‎Sheffield United, losers of that 2012 Final, finally returned to the Championship, after winning the League One title this season.

So, the main players in the 2012 League One drama will all be in the Championship next season……except‎ the Addicks.

Karl Robinson has ambitious plans, but his desire for early arrivals has not materialised thus far.

The club announced their non-retained list on Wednesday, with Adam Chicksen and Roger Johnson being the highest profile names on it. Surprisingly, talented young keeper, Dimitar Mitov, was also released.

It was confirmed that Andrew Crofts and Johnnie Jackson had triggered 12 month extensions to their contracts, but there has still been no official confirmation of the roles Jackson and Lee Bowyer will have in the coaching set up next season.

Robinson said that an announcement would be made at the beginning of the month, but nothing has happened so far.

A number of pre-season fixtures have been announced, but details of the three games in Ireland during week commencing 10 July are yet to be revealed.

The Irish games will be the opening fixtures of the warm-up campaign. The manager said that the squad would report back for pre-season training two weeks ahead of their rivals, but again, there has been no confirmation of the exact date so far.

The future of players such as Igor Vetokele, Cristian Ceballos, Ahmed Kashi, Naby Sarr, Jorge Teixeira and Tony Watt will influence the recruitment policy as the build up to the 2017/18 campaign continues.


 
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