When my Dad convinced me that watching Andy Nelson’s 1974 Charlton was like watching Rinus Michels 1974 Netherlands team, I knew I was in for life of disappointment.
With the Aussies seemingly back on the boat down under, captured on camera today being shown around The Valley by Duchatelet’s latest bag man, Lievan de Turck was ex-Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi and his right hand man Hassan Saef, basically what Meire was to Duchatelet. The photo on Twitter taken by Saef got deleted as Addicks fans went into meltdown and Forest fans scared the living day lights out of us.
Fawaz Al-Hasawi is a 49-year old Kuwaiti whose family have more money than sense. Fawaz’s family bought Nottingham Forest in it’s moment of need after Nigel Doughty died in 2012. The family started well ingratiating themselves to people in Nottingham, but it all went wrong after Fawaz wrestled control from his cousin. What followed was a disastrous and shambolic 5-year spell in which Fawaz appointed nine managers, threw money at a factory line of overpaid players and loan signings, yet spent nothing on infrastructure, despite always telling a very good story of 3-5 year plans and building a sustainable club for the future. Sound familiar?
Fawaz finally relinquished control when he sold the club to Evangelos Marinaki last summer, but currently the club and Fawaz are in a legal dispute over money owed to the club by the Kuwaiti.
I mean how Charlton would it be if we got rid of Duchatelet and got Fawaz Al-Hasawi instead?