A statement issued by Charlton in response to questions raised at the recent fans' forum aims to suggest that the repayment terms of the £7m ex-director loans and even the effect of the charges over The Valley and Sparrows Lane that secure them are potentially open to challenge. Rick Everitt looks at the club's latest claims.
Voice of The Valley has been told that a post-Wembley change in the terms of the deal for the sale of Charlton previously agreed between owner Roland Duchatelet and the Australian-led consortium led to the public spat over outstanding loans to three former club directors.
The information emanating from the Aussie camp directly conflicts with previously minuted public statements by Duchatelet's point man Lieven De Turck.
Three former Charlton directors have issued a statement via Voice of The Valley in response to recent reports about their outstanding loans to the club. Derek Chappell was chair of the former Charlton Athletic PLC from 2008-09 and served as a director of the football club from 2005-2010, David Sumners was on the board from 1995-2010, and Bob Whitehand was a director from 1997-2010 and is a former PLC vice chair. The trio make clear that their position on their loans, which total £2.65m, is unambiguous but add that they have no power or desire to block a takeover of the club. Read the full statement here.
Voice of The Valley will publish a further takeover update here on Monday.
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VOTV151 pays tribute to boss Lee Bowyer on a highly successful first full season in charge. Rick Everitt looks in detail at Charlton's recently published report and accounts, while Matt Wright focuses on the academy and looks at the validity of statistical claims about its success, noting that just seven Charlton first-team line-ups since 2008 have not included a homegrown talent - all under the current ownership.
With racism at football very much in the headlines recently, Mike Head turns his attention the history and experience of Charlton's black players, while John Ingram travels back in time to 1964 and Brian Cowan just to the opening day of the season. We also bid farewell to the Mercury, after 186 years, and Darryl Chamberlain reports back from Dulwich Hamlet.
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