Another day, more confusion
Like a drunken and beaten heavyweight fighter slumped on the ropes, Matt Southall took to Twitter today in an attempt to lay one last punch. Jonathan Heller, an apparent turncoat, in his corner dabbing Southall’s bruises co-signed the letter on Charlton Athletic headed paper. Not surprisingly the Official Site did not carry the statement.
Southall is finished at Charlton, but yet he clings onto his 35% share of ESI, nominally the owners of the club still. Heller interests me. The ex-Dulwich College student is a very clever man, he could walk rings around Southall intellectually. Sounds as if he only got involved with ABDB due to a previous association with a Canadian nuclear power company, Heller’s background and number one subject.. not football club ownership.
Heller has sat on and backed many boards and enterprises, and it was Tahnoon who got himself involved in Charlton. I assume he is reasonably local. Tonight I see he has been removed from the ABDB executive on their website, and I suspect he just wants to go back to whence he came but is a little caught up in Southall’s web of deceit.
£7m is still owed to seven former directors – Richard Murray, Sir Maurice Hatter, David White, David Hughes, David Sumners, Bob Whitehead and Derek Chappell – and it was never paid or even addressed at the point of the sale of the club in January.
It is Chappell leading the charge concerned that ESI’s lack of funds to buy The Valley and Sparrows Lane was always going to end in problems. That’s an understatement of course and the previous directors own due diligence – better than Duchatelet’s unsurprisingly – led them to find out pretty quick that ESI, Southall and Nimer’s proposition was a house of cards.
Legal action by Chappell could hand the club back to Duchatelet, but I think we’d all hope that the stewardship or management of the club lie with some if not all of those ex-directors. I would have more faith in them to 1) care about the immediate future of the club and b) find new investors.
What a mess. Charlton matching the rest of this crazy mad world at the present time.
Also today football in England was further suspended until at least April 30th just as Lee Bowyer was expected to bring his players in for training tomorrow for the first time in a week.