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Relief and optimism

It has been some day. I have a glass of champagne in front of me, still processing today’s news that we have finally been released from the nightmare of Roland Duchatelet. I’ve also spent some time toasting those Londoners who showed such incredible instinctive bravery today on London Bridge. Some of the videos and stories coming out of that are inconceivable.

It was a day to sit in pj’s in front of the television, which I did. Although Arsenal insisted on grabbing the football limelight after sacking manager Unai Emery, the excitement oozing through the veins of Addicks was palpable amongst family and friends and online, and I get the impression that I wasn’t the only one popping a cork this evening.

So, what more do we know? Early audible whispers out of East Street Investments are that Lee Bowyer will be offered an extended contract, talks will be upped with Lyle Taylor on a contract renewal, The Valley and Sparrows Lane form part of the sale and the new owners have no intentions of changing our spiritual home. There is also a commitment to work with fan groups and a real understanding of our almost 6-year plight of being ignored and belittled.

The sale is still to be ratified by the EFL, and deep down below the joy there will be natural doubts about Matt Southall, Tahnoon Nimer and Jonathan Heller as well as the Abu Dhabi Business Development. More so intrigue about Sheikh Saeed Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan (photo) and his hundred billion dollar fortune.

The phrase better the devil you know, makes no sense at all compared to what we’ve just escaping from. However, it is not a day for doubt, but relief and optimism.

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  1. Agree with your last paragraph CA. I do think if yesterday it had been announced the Aussie consortium had taken over there would have been severe doubt but this feels very different and first impressions go a long way.

    The focus now needs to be on the short term and getting behind the team for the next couple of games. Games that we need get something out of with the bare bones of a squad available. If we’re sitting in mid-table in Jan we’ll likely attract a higher standard of player than if we’re in the thick of a relegation battle.

    November 30, 2019
  2. A minor quibble but I think the photo illustrating your post is of Tahnoon Bin Saeed Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan who is the son of the new owner. It appears that the younger Sheikh is a sports fan so may be involved in the takeover as well but the fortune underwriting it is actually his father’s

    November 30, 2019
    • Peter – starting to think you are correct. One needs a masters degree in Emirati genealogy to understand the lineage of it all!

      December 1, 2019

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