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Posts from the ‘Takeover’ Category

Two bald men fighting over a comb

For those Addicks worried about the latest nonsense surrounding the club, there is an excellent article / interview with lawyer and Charlton fan Lauren Kreamer on the CAST website. Read ‘Still not Bovvered’ here.

Let the bald fight over the shampoo and comb I’d say.

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Ged Roddy appointed as Technical Director

Possibly the first long term visionary move the football club have made in a decade. Thomas Sandgaard has hired Ged Roddy as the club’s Technical Director.

Roddy has a very impressive CV, and this role points to future plans and ambitions that Sandgaard has. The Dane has said he will be the only director of the club, which put a little bit of concern in my head bearing in mind where he lives and being CEO of a $80m company and growing.

Yet, the key is to surround yourself with good people, build a trusted and connected team, and establish a plan and a strategy, and keep as close to it as possible.

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Thomas Sandgaard week one

A week ago today.

The dark clouds lifted in SE7, the sky cleared and in walked Thomas Sandgaard. Guitar, sunglasses and all.

It was still the dead of night in Castle Rock, Colorado but a man slept in his bed knowing that the next day he would be the owner of Charlton Athletic Football Club.

It was no dream, Sandgaard had finally closed the deal after getting EFL approval and OADT sign off. With no shortage of help from top law firm Freshfields Druckhaus Deringer, the Dane had navigated the shark infested waters of ESI and claimed ownership of our historic club.

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Sea of Red

What totally unexpected news. I had almost given up believing. Thank your for your perseverance and support Thomas. Together we will get OUR Charlton back.

Welcome to the family Thomas Sandgaard.

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Paul Elliott writes a letter

Don’t rise to the bait of Paul Elliott’s open letter. It’s no better than a Dear Deirdre. No live interview, no paper interview with Rich Cawley just Elliott and Chris Farnell peddling their BS.

“Be in no doubt. Were it not for this investment, and excellent legal support under difficult circumstances, Charlton Athletic would have gone insolvent.”

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Emotional rollercoaster

The peaks and troughs of being a Charlton Athletic fan.

For the umpteenth time we were dragged from a glimpse of a clear blue sky atop a mountain to a muddy and uncertain ditch. All within 24 hours.

It’s hard to keep up with all the shenanigans of the ciphers trying to make a few bob for themselves, but in football parlance we celebrated a goal yesterday before the VAR had been checked, checked again and then triple checked.

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Lockyer gone, but does that make room for Matthews?

Luton Town, once our level, but our level now the same as Crewe Alexander and Accrington Stanley, have signed Tom Lockyer on a free.

Lockyer had a free transfer release clause in his contract if we were relegated. Sterling work again by the Duchatelet brain’s trust.

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Thomas Sandgaard

I thought that Thomas Sandgaard hit all the right notes in his Sky Sports interview earlier. Ambition without overpromising, an understanding of the club and it’s community as well as it’s fan base. He talked in simple compassionate terms and is clearly motivated to make the transaction with ESI happen as soon as possible.

As has become apparent, the critical assets of The Valley and Sparrows Lane  will have to come later, and I won’t sleep well at night until all of the parts of the jigsaw are under one roof. Nonetheless Sandgaard needs as much negotiating power as possible, and time is more on the Dane’s side than the Belgian’s.

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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.

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EFL response

After the last EFL missive which ended with something tacky like: “The League will not provide a running commentary on this matter but will update as appropriate.”

Well Addicks took the bait and have bombarded the EFL all week demanding regular updates and it appears that a meeting took place, and the EFL gave an update to Rich Cawley.

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Go away and leave us alone

The mocking of our great club continued late today when Matt Southall and odd bedfellow Jonathan Heller removed Chris Farnell, Claudiu Florica, Andrei Mihail, Marian Mihail and Tahnoon Nimer from the ESI board of directors.

Yesterday those two muppets changed the address of the company from Floyd Road to an address in Deansgate, Manchester.

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Welcome Mr. Elliott

Excuse me Mr. Elliott for not getting too excited with your undoubted charm and sincerity. Thanks, but I’d rather keep my powder dry and if your face positively comes into my mind in a year’s time then you would have done good things.

But, it is deeds now and not words that Addicks are searching for, and I’m on a really bad run of broken promises and relationships so forgive me my restrain.

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Consortium led by Paul Elliott

Repeat. No, not that one. ⬅️

Consortium (kən-ˈsȯr-sh(ē-)əm) – an agreement, combination, or group (as of companies) formed to undertake an enterprise beyond the resources of any one member

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Pass the parcel

Roll up, roll up. Have I got a deal for you. A nice little number, decent bodywork if you ignore the lumps taken out of it, just a few uncareful owners. Okay more than a few. Take it for a ride…. everyone else has!

Another owner of our club tonight. Well apparently. Who the f knows?

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Can Peter Varney save us?

First yesterday we had what looked like a home made tic-tock video from potential Portuguese bidders called Corporate Football Organisation Portugal. It was hard to take Fernando Corte-Real too seriously as he rolled out the innovative idea of a having a 5-year plan to get into the Premier League from what looked like a furniture shop.

Not a lot online about this lot except it is obviously a collection of investors and according to Corte-Real “experts.”

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