As was expected, (Sir) Chris Powell has been given the League 1 Manager of the Month award for November.
In all honesty, where else was the award going to go?
Winning all games, ending a long 'unbeaten' (sic) run of a challenger in the process, sprinting away from the peloton to carve out a 7 point gap all meant it was a foregone conclusion, at least in this part of the world.
Worries about the Manager of the Month curse can probably be shelved this time too.
Traditionally, a manager wins it when their team have been playing so well, they could be described as over achieving.
Any team who are managing this cunning trick will eventually crash back down to earth and become the regular side they were before.
This is where the curse theory comes in, when in my opinion it is just a natural reversion to the 'way things are'.
With or without the MOM award, I don't think Charlton have been over achieving so far this season.
Chris Powell has been up for the award every time since August. As the team have been doing well all season, I don't see this as being a celebration of one bumper month, it's more of a nod to acknowledge he is in charge of the team with the best record in the league.
Of course, the team may have 'one of those days' against Walsall tomorrow but somehow I doubt it.
The current Charlton squad have belief and momentum, something sadly missing from recent seasons.
An extra cheer must go to Michael Morrison who also received a League 1 'gong'.
He is rapidly becoming one of my favourite players.
Good luck to everyone who is going to, (ahem), Poland tomorrow.