Roland Duchatelet’s arrogance took on an even more evil turn today. Yesterday it came to light that the clubs’ administrative staff had been told that they would not be getting their promised “incentivised bonuses.” They were due 3 weeks ago and were told nothing of what had happened to them until they were informed by the HR department that they would not be forthcoming. Some poor sod in the HR department doing Duchatelet’s dirty work this time.
The club refused to comment until after employees received this email from Duchatelet this morning. Written or at least re-drafted by PR puppet Tom Rubashow, confirming that Duchatelet will renege on his bonus promises.
It seems that after lying to fans, players and various managers and coaches, Duchatelet has now taken to lying to staff. After overseeing a relegation hugely reducing income, alienating thousands of season ticket holders and regular supporters, paying a incompetent CEO a fortune, having one of the biggest agents bills outside of the EPL, spending fortunes on players recommended by a kid in Belgium, and burning through seven managers, apparently bad finances are those poor bastards who work for him’s fault.
My favourite bit of that email is this: “Should you have any queries or concerns, please raise to your line manager or HR.” I will repeat what I have said on here hundreds of times before. How an earth this man has made a penny in business is absolutely beyond me.
Later today the club’s Administrative staff hit back with an open letter to the owner. Good, they are not going to bow down to his bullying. His thieving. I’m hoping they plan legal action, a possible strike has been mentioned many times today.
CARD came out quickly with a statement and have planned a full scale protest on Saturday at The Valley before and during the game in support of the club’s loyal staff.
The story is all over the media with the Independent, Guardian, BBC online, BBC Radio and The Standard all carrying stories as well as many other sports websites and significantly the Belgian press as well.
The Labour MP for Greenwich and Woolwich Matthew Pennycook was also scathing:
For me, and many thousands of other Charlton fans, the feeling is just of anger and despair. Who the hell gave this charlatan, this thief, this deranged fool the right to do what he has to our football club?