“The whole thing is just a mess” claims Charlton star

Saturday, March 21st, 2020 1:32pm

By Josh O’Brien @JoshJohnOBrien1

Former Charlton midfielder Paul Mortimer has admitted he has been, like all Charlton fans, left bemused by everyone involved in the club’s boardroom disruption.

It has been mostly a season to forget for the Addicks as they languish in the Championship’s relegation zone, sitting miserably in 22nd.

However their struggles on the pitch have been overshadowed by the astonishing events that have unfolded among non-playing staff at boardroom level.

Majority shareholder Tahnoon Nimer and freshly-axed chairman Max Southall have played out an extremely bitter fall-out in full view of fans and media alike.

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Nimer has accused Southall of using club funds to live a lavish lifestyle whilst Southall responded with claims that Nimer has, as of yet, not actually invested anything in to the club.

As of yesterday, Nimer claimed that he exercised his power as majority shareholder and removed Southall from the club, but remarkably, Southall has denied any claims that suggest he may have been forced to part ways with Charlton and insists he is still part of the club’s board.

Whilst the pair continue to bicker in full view of the rest of the football league, Charlton fans are left to ponder how they have managed to get into this situation following Roland Duchâtelet’s ill-fated reign.

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Speaking to Love Sport Drive, former Addicks midfielder Paul Mortimer shed some light on what he makes of all the unrest.

“It’s absolutely incredible. Max Southall was the chairman, Jonathan Heller was a director, they seem to have had some sort of conflict with the majority shareholder Tahoon Nimer. Initially they were battling out in public, which I thought was wrong.

“If I’m player I’m sitting there thinking ‘what the hell is going on?’, this should all be happening behind closed doors, all we should be hearing is the outcomes, not the squabbling.

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“All it shows is these people in charge don’t really know how to run a football club or how to deal with situations in a football club.”

Mortimer went on to express his views on how the EFL aren’t entirely blameless in all of this.

“I’ve said this before on this show, they [The EFL] have got a lot of questions to answer. Having had Duchâtelet in charge, you would think there would be serious scrutiny, especially at Charlton, as to who would take over.

“If the club is embargoed, the owners have failed to show how they will be funding beyond June; the EFL have got this wrong. If that is all true then you have to ask questions over the EFL’s fit and proper test.

“None of these people should have been in charge. I would say the first thing that has to happen is the owner has to prove he has the funds. Now, if they are embargoed, that would tell me he hasn’t proved that yet, he is still allowed to be in charge, the whole thing is bizarre and has been poorly handled by the EFL.”

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