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Charlton fans fear for club’s future

Charlton Athletic fans fear for the future of the club after an extraordinary public dispute developed between the club’s majority shareholder and senior management.

Tahnoon Nimer, a business administrator based in Abu Dhabi, was announced in January as the buyer of the south east London club via his company vehicle, East Street Investments, alongside Matt Southall, a former football agent, and Jonathan Heller, a consultant.

But this week the club descended into chaos with Nimer announcing that he would no longer be funding the club following a furious public disagreement with Southall, who is currently the club’s chairman.

Despite having announced the takeover back in January the bid has still not been approved by the EFL with proof of funds yet to be provided – leaving the club in limbo and the remaining investors desperately searching for funds.

Richard Wiseman, chair of Charlton Athletic Supporters’ Trust, said: “The situation at our club is extremely alarming.

“We have the two most critical individuals at loggerheads and currently no sign of any solution short of a court of law.

“We find it hard to have confidence that Southall has sufficient time or resources to secure the future of the club.”

The trust are calling on Southall to resign immediately and have written to Nimer to request a face-to-face meeting.

Another supporter group, the Coalition Against Roland Duchatelet (CARD), who campaigned against the previous owner Roland Duchatelet, also called on Southall to go – saying he had no support at The Valley.

CARD said: “At this stage we have grave concerns about all elements of buyers East Street Investments and big questions for the EFL, which once again has failed to defend the integrity of a member club or competition.”

CARD remained concerned that the previous owner still has a freehold on The Valley and said this week they will be planning further protests.

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