Charlton Athletic public fall-out “strange” according to Addicks legend

Thursday, March 19th, 2020 12:41pm

By Josh O’Brien @JoshJohnOBrien1

Former Charlton goalkeeper Dean Kiely has expressed his concern over the very public nature of the boardroom unrest currently plaguing the club.

The Championship outfit currently occupy the third relegation spot whilst all EFL action has been suspended over the coronavirus pandemic. Their patchy form on the pitch is surprisingly the least of their concerns with the level of disruption going on at boardroom level.

Majority shareholder Tahnoon Nimer has accused Chairman Max Southall of using the club’s money to fund a lavish personal lifestyle. Southall’s response has been to claim Nimer hasn’t invested so much as a penny into the club.

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Tensions between the pair reached boiling point last Thursday when police were called to The Valley.

Though no arrests were made, Nimer took to Instagram to claim the damage done between the pair is irreparable. He stated: “The events of Thursday evening have set in motion a sequence, which barring some truly extraordinary events, will end this week with the permanent removal of the persons from the club and the nomination of a new board of directors.”

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Though no longer affiliated with the club officially, Charlton legend Dean Kiely made over 200 appearances for the Addicks. The former shot-stopper discussed the fall-out which has left many Charlton fans concerned over the state of the ownership at the club.

Speaking to the Charlton fans show on Love Sport Radio, Kiely said: “It’s only from afar, I don’t have any connection with anybody in that respect, I’m just watching it as a former player who has a soft spot for the football club but it’s quite unusual.

“The fact that the people who seem to be fighting are the people who came in together on this green ticket and getting the Belgian fella out the way and moving the club on and progressing the football club. If you took that on face value you’d say that’s fantastic, it’s been a difficult time under the previous owner so happy days.

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“So to see them two hauling out and all the wrangling back and forth, what I would say on the allegations towards Matt Southall over living a lavish lifestyle at the expense of the club or Nimer not putting the money into the club he said was going to put in, it all seems really weird that it’s played out now in front of everybody to see. Surely, when they came in initially they came in as a package?

“The fact that there has been this big fall out in front of everybody to see is strange really, and my theory is forget what’s happening with this lockdown and the football season being suspended at the moment, Charlton are in a precarious position.

“I would say it’s in everyone’s best interests that Charlton remain in the Championship because like they showed on the pitch earlier this season, they are only one fantastic run away from the Premier League and that’s the aim of everybody.”

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