Politician unhappy with Charlton owners over lack of information on club's future (From News Shopper)
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Politician unhappy with Charlton owners over lack of information on club's future
A GREENWICH councillor has questioned why the current owners of Charlton Athletic are so reluctant to communicate with the club’s fans.
The Addicks have been strongly rumoured to be on the brink of a takeover, although it was reported yesterday one potential saviour of the financially stricken SE7 outfit, American Josh Harris, had ended his interest in buying the club.
But it is the lack of information coming out of The Valley, including over whether Charlton plan to remain at the stadium in the long-term, which has prompted Woolwich Riverside Councillor John Fahy to enter the debate.
Earlier this week he tweeted: “When is Charlton Athletic going to come clean on it future plans for the club.
“Important for the board to clarify the future of The Valley.”
Explaining his remarks to News Shopper, Cllr Fahy said: “I’ve had some representation from constituents at surgeries about what is happening with regards to the ownership of Charlton.
“I gather from what I’ve heard there is more than one interested party, one supposedly a property developer.
“There seems to be a lot of discussions taking place in secret but very little of it is being revealed in public.
“Clearly the fans are not being kept informed by the owners about what is going on and that is completely unacceptable.”
He added: “There is a strong fan-base at The Valley so why not keep them informed?
“The wider issue for me is that football clubs, including Charlton, are treating fans with contempt.
“They rely heavily on the fans for income but offer little in return in terms of information about what is going on. It isn’t helpful.”
And the Labour councillor, who is also an Addicks fan, is now backing the recently established Charlton Athletic Supporters Trust to play a more prominent future role behind the scenes at The Valley.
“I would certainly support what the Supporters Trust are doing,” he said.
“The only long-term solution is for the club to be taken over by people who have the best interests of Charlton Athletic at heart.”
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