Yann Kermorgant has launched a scathing attack on Charlton owner Roland Duchatelet, labelling him “deluded” and stating that he is wasting the club.

The French striker played 89 league games for the Addicks between 2011 and 2014 before signing for Bournemouth.

Kermorgant says he did not wish to leave south east London at that time but was driven away by Belgian tycoon Duchatelet’s business model.

Frustration among fans has intensified this season with several protests held and fans’ groups organised, in an attempt to oust the owner.

Kermorgant says he cherished his spell at the Valley and is “gutted” to see the club in its current state.

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He told Get Reading: “I’m gutted, I think they have wasted the club.

“When I was there I didn’t really want to leave. At first I wanted to sign a new deal and spend a longer time with the club.

“But in my first meeting with the new owners I found out things were really different - they had a vision which for me was completely deluded.

“They didn’t know too much about football. I felt like they were wrong and the club would be in trouble because that’s not how football works.

“It’s different to run a business and a football club. It looked to me like their position was a bit weird.

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“And I can now see two years after where they are and I think it was the right decision to leave. I can’t see them now not being relegated at the end of the season.”

Kermorgant, who will return to the Valley this weekend with Reading, signed for the Royals in January on a one-and-a-half year deal.

The Vannes-born forward added: “When we [Charlton] won League 1 we had the stadium sold out three or four times. There was 27,000 there in League 1.

“The club and the fans are great. It’s a nice, family club so to see what they have done is very annoying.”


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