"How they seem to have ticked the boxes that allow the owner to be the owner is beyond me" claims Charlton legend

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 12:33pm

By Josh O'Brien @JoshJohnOBrien1

Former Charlton midfielder Paul Mortimer has questioned both sides of the very public owner-chairman spat that is surrounding The Valley at the moment.

Many Addicks fans would have been forgiven for thinking their bad luck when it comes to boardroom unrest was over after the departure of Roland Duchâtelet. Yet less than three months later Charlton's situation off the pitch has imploded all over again, as majority shareholder Tahnoon Nimer and Chairman Matt Southall have engaged in a very public war of words. 

After Nimer's consortium purchased the club in January, it has been anything but smooth sailing for the South-East London outfit. 

Nimer has refused to contribute anymore financial aid for Charlton until Southall leaves the club, due to a breakdown in the pair's business relationship. 

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The battle between the two businessmen became public very quickly, with both posting comments on social media platforms. 

Speaking to Love Sport Breakfast, former Charlton Midfielder Paul Mortimer has claimed the fact the argument is being played out in full view of fans is a problem. 

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"It's almost like the chairman, Matt Southall, it's almost like they're having a spat over the breakfast table about who owns what, it's really weird. And for it to be played out in public is a real problem for me.

"It's also a problem for the EFL because if you listen to what's coming out about the majority shareholder not really having the assets to be able to fund the club, that's what's coming out as well. How they seem to have ticked the boxes that allow the owner to be the owner is beyond me."

Mortimer also discussed the potential prospect of some of the Charlton playing staff going months without wages. 

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"Like I say this spat is very strange with one saying you're spending too much money and the other one saying, well, you haven't put any money into the club.

"And then it ends up with the majority owner saying until the chairman's gone, I'm not putting any money into the club. So of course, the day-to-day, month-to-month running of the club financially is at risk.

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"Therefore the players who are not in great form, I went to the game at the weekend, and they're not playing well. It's not the grit and determination that I've seen from Lee Bowyer's side, it just wasn't there.

"So maybe they're already aware because they got beat at Huddersfield a couple of weeks ago, which was very unlike them. So I'm guessing maybe within the players they're already aware of stuff that's impacted because the performances of the last few games have been a major drop, a major drop. So is this all a coincidence?"

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