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?
We have to hope that the Belgian loony doesn’t sell the club to another rich idiot in the same mould. Is it too much to ask that our once-great club could be bought by an owner who knows about the history of our club, what it needs to get promotion (or two…) and how to support a good manager and run the club in a sane and profitable manner? There must be someone out there who fits the bill…..
Hope it’s not a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire……. that could see the end of Charlton.
I was going to say the two words
Fryingpan and fire
I know this is hard to imagine,but there are worst owners than RD out there,just ask Blackpool,Orient and Coventry Fans.This guy must not be allowed anywhere near Charlton.
IMO Mostly people are pre-judging this, on past mistakes. If (I know a big if) real CAFC people were involved in the running of the club (with Murray gone) this could be different from Forest. Do any buyers want/need the further wrath of CAFC supporters falling attendaces and more ownership agro. They’ve obviously already had some and I would think not.
Beggars can’t be choosers and with a -£10 mill running loss + a £60 mill debt RD has reduced CAFC to beggars, put simply a failing club. Who would buy one? They are rich – would they spend? RD never really wanted to spend a penny (even the bloody pitch had to be financed by Yann’s sale). Nor even concerned with winning – crazy. RD’s been poison for us. Can it get any worse? Some think so and I understand that. I know once (once, lol irony) burnt, twice shy, but really!
Of course there may be better buyers out there, Where are they? As an alternative to RD staying, I’d bite yer arm off! Confessions of a desperate fan.
Who do we blame if it goes wrong this time?
There’s always the Gliksten’s Steve..
As a forest fan i’d say fawaz is not a fit and proper person to run a football club – it was’nt just the managers it was the awful signings, gutting of club staff and it becoming the al hazawi family show. The club lost many long term fans for a while and fawaz lost plenty money. Charlton do not deserve that family. If anyone says that he might have learnt lessons from forest they do not understand the manchild that is fawaz
Thanks for commenting Forest Dave.