Barclay and Varney drop out
The Andrew Barclay and Peter Varney takeover of Charlton was always destined to fail. Too good to be true. A progressive young empathetic businessman with plenty of family money combined with, well, simply one of us. Not only an Addick, but a proven leader. I’ve had dreams not as good as that.
Richard Murray has poisoned Roland Duchatelet’s mind towards Peter Varney about absolute claptrap. But the snake Murray got into the Belgian’s head and he was never prepared to speak to Varney or Barclay. Add to that as Barclay said himself, the risks of doing business with ESI are also too great, then today the pair decided to drop out of their bid to buy the club.
So after 6 months of due diligence and an open and professional approach the Barclay and Varney bid is dead.. at least for now.
Step forward then Thomas Sandgaard, the Danish born US based founder, chairman and chief executive of medical device manufacturer Zynex Inc, based in Colorado.
Since bringing his bid out into the open, primarily to get Duchatelet to take him seriously, Sandgaard has actively interacted with Charlton fans online and has now made contact with the Belgian, who vitally still owns The Valley and Sparrows Lane.
Sandgaard is also engaged with ESI v1, and one would think that his initial aim will be to navigate through the mess and at least purchase the club from ESI and then take on the mad Belgian. There is also a strand of thought that Sandgaard engages with Barclay down the road.
I’m frazzled by all of this to be honest and my overwhelming hypothesis of Sandgaard is to trust no one. Yet Varney and Barclay’s promotion of him has given me more comfort, but I’ve honestly not had the time, or the stomach to shape an opinion. Plenty of others have though if you have the energy to read through them.
One man though stands in the middle of all of this carnage. Well, this one, the last one, the one before and the one before that if my memory serves me correctly.
Richard Murray did good things for this club a long, long time ago, although very much not on his own. Yet I really struggle to find any evidence of what positive marks he has made on the club for the last decade. This is always a tricky subject, because under Murray’s chairmanship Charlton had the best times of my 45 years of supporting this darn football club.
Nonetheless amongst all of this noise and chaos of ownership, I keep coming back to one person. Murray’s influence has long been only about brown-nosing and manipulation. I can almost forgive him that, but what I can’t forgive is the utter silence. The silence of guilt and the couldn’t care less.
With talk now of Murray espousing a move to the Greenwich Peninsula, it is now time to remove him from our club.