What a very enjoyable evening in the company of Thomas Sandgaard that was.
The CAST Zoom Q&A with the new Addicks’ owner hosted by Heather McKinlay, Sam Cooke and Andrew Buckland was expertly executed tonight with Thomas resplendent in a dinner jacket sat in his home in Colorado, and boy can that man talk!
With the clock ticking towards 9.30pm and people back at home thinking about their bedtime cocoa, Thomas was more than happy to answer anyone of the endless questions posed to him from what I think was more than 500 people online from around the world.
I was a little late onto the call because I was on a work one, but apparently Thomas opened up the meeting with his guitar. What a character, and where and how did we find him?
No subject was taboo, and I understand there will be a write up tomorrow on the CAST site, plus the club will soon show the interview on Valley Pass.
Sandgaard talked about an wide range of topics, shirking no question, and also, captivatingly, about his first opinions of the club that he bought still only 10 weeks ago. The positives (the amazing staff), the negatives (the leeches looking for money), how his time is divided working with his own company, Synex, and working on his new love, the Addicks.
All in all, with the CAST crew expertly compering, It was a very enjoyable two hours in his company. I say that because that is how he makes you feel, like he is actually having a one-on-one conversation, even though I was one of hundreds listening online whilst sat on the sofa at home.
His goal of playing in Europe within the next decade was giddily but cynically dissected, and let’s be honest, Thomas is a dreamer, but he is an intelligent and stubborn one, with a track record of success. Aim big and adjust goals and ambitions, but have ambition in the first place was the clear message. Where do I sign up Thomas I’m all in!
One immediate improvement Thomas has made is to the watch at home live experience. With effect from Saturday Valley Pass will be a complete tailor made Charlton offering with a pre-match, half-time and post-match show hosted by Scott Minto and the streamed game will include a range of camera angles, as opposed to the one it has now. Terry and Greg will still commentate thankfully because one thing we can’t lose is their wisdom, passion and their utter biases!
The second item of soon to happen enrichment, possibly tomorrow, is that of a new head physio. No names mentioned, except we may know them!
Anyway, after all these years of lies, deception and being treated like a second class customer, what a pleasure it was to spend time with someone that passioniate, and honest with a thirst to understand what our football club really means. Thanks again to the CAST folk too.