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Duchatelet stalls sale

Sky Sports ran a story yesterday and I had heard it myself from a very reliable source that the vindictive old bastard had stalled takeover talks to wait and see how we fair in the play-offs. It is what we have come to expect from the egotistical lunatic.

This of course could end two ways, well four. We get promoted and he pushes the price up. We get promoted and he convinces himself that he is a football club owning genius and decides to carry on with his project.

Or of course we don’t go up, and the club is sold at the pre-determined price or lastly the whole deal, or deals, fall apart because the potential suitors throw the towel in. Let’s face it, the Australian’s, if nothing else, have been very patient and persistent.

Sky Sports talked of still the two parties. The Aussies, led by Andrew Muir with an ex-player in tow, probably Paul Elliott and another unnamed group, which possibly could be filthy oil rich Arabs, a local bookmaker, or a figment of Duchatelet’s imagination.

Revenues in The Championship, for Charlton anyway, may not be an awful lot more annualized. TV money is an additional £6m, and attendances should increase (if RD moves on). However we’d probably not average a lot more than last Saturday’s game at home to Blackburn. Away followings will be up, but the cost of wages and transfer fees to be able to compete would outweigh any increased revenue.

Perish the thought but if RD retains control we would expect his plan to be just about survival whilst he continues to rip the heart out of the club and pocket all the money.

I think we have all got pretty immune to the takeover talk, but the sad thing is as Lee Bowyer breathes new life into us, the rancorous old git turns the knife.

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Alan Oakes #

    In March I came to the conclusion that the sale was a ploy to stop all the protests starting up again as they had been announced when Richard Murray announced a sale in January(?). When he announced it the protests were dropped.

    All of us in business knows that after due diligence a sale goes through in a month or two. If not buyers walk especially when there are a lot of clubs seeking investment.

    A great joke by RD…I hope I am wrong.

    May 4, 2018
  2. bgb #

    With a sad heart I’d prefer we stayed in league one and were rid of him for good

    May 4, 2018
    • DEF #

      Agree totally with you bgb. It churns my stomach to say that but if he stays, I cannot see it will be for the right reasons. Pretty much from the word go, he and his accomplices have made bad mistake after bad, despite being totally in denial. I laughed at all those that questioned the direction of the club, saying why would anyone come in to a club to not invest in it ? I can only think of 2 or 3 positive decisions made under his tenure. The pitch, JBG, Kashi, Igor…. That in exchange for the sale of countless good players & relegation. I just don’t get it ?

      May 4, 2018
  3. Richard #

    Yep I have to say I’d rather stay down and be rid of the current owner. I’m totally sick and tired of the whole sorry saga.

    May 4, 2018
  4. Simon Jones #

    I’m just hoping that this was already negotiated between all parties at the time and the reason for the delay is that our promotion prospects became reality again. One more likely price in league 1, another if promoted. This is probably wrong and the nut job will piss them off and we’re back to square 1.

    May 4, 2018
  5. LP #

    We already know the man is an astute business man who knows nothing about running a football club. If i were the people taking over i’d tell him to stick it and walk away. How dare he when it is his and that bloody woman’s ineptitude that got us into this crappy division so unnecessarily. But of course he dares. He will bleed us dry. So any enjoyment we may have got out of this remarkable turn of events has been taken from us. At least it takes the stress out of my trying to tune in tomorrow as what’s the point?
    How sad.

    May 4, 2018
  6. Jeff silverfox #

    I don’t think there ever was a take over of all what supposed to have happening if you was buying a house and this was happening you would have walked away why all the secrets of the buyers it was at the lawyers for signing so where was it all agreed it’s all rubbish

    May 4, 2018
  7. I can’t imagine why any potential buyer (if there ever was one) would be so keen to hang around to buy an overpriced club from an unreliable and unscrupulous seller. These managed – and maybe fake press leaks – do nothing but blight our recent successes on the pitch. The man has no idea.

    May 5, 2018

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