After a turbulent couple of seasons that would make even Blackpool fans wince, Charlton Athletic can at least look to the summer with some degree of optimism.
The fact they have only secured their League One safety in late April is a damning indictment of this proud club’s rapid fall during the reign of despised owner Roland Duchatalet. But reports that the Belgian could finally sell up, coupled with Steve Gallen bringing contacts aplenty as new Head of Recruitment, means brighter days may lie ahead.
And the signing of Mark Marshall could kickstart an exciting summer at The Valley. London News Online claims that Charlton are interested in signing the 29-year-old winger from Bradford, with his contract expiring in the summer.
Filipe Morais, released by Bradford in January, has been nothing short of a revelation since rocking up at the Macron, the rejuvenated 31-year-old keeping Bolton in the mix for automatic promotion.
Therefore, former Bantams boss Parkinson, who brought Marshall to the Yorkshire club in 2015, may be convinced to repeat the trick by re-signing another of his former players in the summer.
The attacker has been an almost ever present in League One this season, netting five goals to spearhead Bradford’s promotion push. And he could be worthy of an opportunity at a higher level.