Unbelievable scenes tonight
Just when you think it safe to go out.. For me tonight, I had a client dinner – probably the last for a while as COVID-19 almost entirely shuts down travel between Europe and North America and Bermuda – but I noticed my phone flashing texts and messages as the situation developed tonight at The Valley.
The first red flag was a message from the Charlton Live team cancelling their show tonight. What then followed was truly remarkable, even on the scale of Charlton histories of remarkedness.
In chaotic scenes it appeared Nimer had given license to remove Southall. Jonathan Heller (which team this bloke bats for, who the hells knows), and Shaun McHugh. Mick Everett and his security team were present as well in the offices overlooking the west stand car park.
Then, as the police were called by McHugh, there was a power struggle with Southall firing safety officer Everett, player liaison officer Tracey Leaburn and press officer Olly Groome – lifelong Addicks all.
Matt Southall having a Donald trump moment, but without the power, money or syrup. The biggest fraud ever demanding police remove those that he had fired, but then seeing the police officers turn on him and his grifters.
A long stand off followed. I mean, this is absolute golden Netflix material, and there were witnesses including Ben Hayes and video.
Eventually police removed Southall, Heller and McHugh and in scenes of artistic perfection we see Southall, gob shut, climb into his 100 grand Range Rover and awkwardly leave The Valley car park:
What happens tomorrow is anyone’s guess. I don’t trust Tahnoon Nimer either. If only Everett, Leaburn and Groome can win the euro lottery, but we fight on, and nothing changes. Now our situation is precarious without a doubt, but I don’t fancy anyone’s chances against us. COYA