Karl Robinson says Charlton chief executive Katrien Meire cried when she broke the news to staff about her exit.

Yesterday, it was announced Meire would be leaving her role at the end of the month to pursue a “new challenge”.

The Belgian lawyer had a turbulent relationship with fans during her three years in charge.

Addicks boss Robinson told News Shopper: “Katrien was in tears when she broke the news to staff [at the training ground]. I believe it was the same when she was at the Valley.

“There was a coldness because I’ve still got the future of this football club in my hands and the question was ‘who do I report to?’

“I’ve got very clear guidance, I’m not in the dark about it.

“There are takeover talks as you all know about where in the next 7 days, 14 days, three months, four months, we don't know because due diligence has to be done.

“Listen you're talking to a football manager, not an accountant. But there are so many logistical and legal things you have to go through when you take over a football club.”