Charlton Athletic Supporters’ Trust have issued a statement saying the fanbase have “lost all confidence” in the club’s owner Thomas Sandgaard.
The Addicks slumped out of the FA Cup on Wednesday night, losing 3-1 at League Two Stockport County. It continued a tumultous week which had seen manager Ben Garner sacked on Monday with Charlton a lowly 17th in the League One table.
There was also dissent on social media directed at US-based Dane Sandgaard.
CAST issued a statement to the South London Press. It said: “Our football club finds itself at its lowest ebb in living memory in terms of on pitch results and performances. Fans have lost all confidence in the current ownership’s desire and ability to turn this around. We have a long history of fan engagement and activism at Charlton.
“CAST will host an online meeting on Monday at 7pm with the goal of bringing the fanbase together to agree how we proceed from here. Thomas Sandgaard is then due to attend the Fans’ Forum on Thursday, December 15 when we will once again be seeking clear answers about his intentions for the club.”
CAST board member Lauren Kreamer tweeted last night: “This week 30 years ago, #cafc fans were celebrating the unbelievable work done to get us home. Since then, fans have stepped up time and again to protect our club.
“I know it’s exhausting to keep doing this, but whatever comes next, we will need to stand united. See you Monday.”
This week 30 years ago, #cafc fans were celebrating the unbelievable work done to get us home. Since then, fans have stepped up time and again to protect our club. I know it’s exhausting to keep doing this, but whatever comes next, we will need to stand united. See you Monday. https://t.co/ZerXp41jk0
— Lauren Kreamer (@LaurenKreamer) December 7, 2022
Barrister Kreamer represented Panorama Magic in September 2020 at the High Court and the Court of Appeal and helped prevent Paul Elliott from taking control of the SE7 club.
Elliott was seeking an injunction to prevent Panorama Magic from selling to any other interested party. Kreamer stepped down from the CAST board to prevent any perception of a conflict of interest in the case, brought by Elliott’s Lex Dominus company.
There were fears that a victory for Elliott could put Charlton, already operating under a transfer embargo, out of business.
Sandgaard acquired the Addicks later that month but the lease arrangement on The Valley and training ground remained in the hands of previous club owner Roland Duchatelet, the US-based Dane only extending the terms of the lease.
It has previously been reported that Duchatelet wants £50million for the two sites.
Former Addicks chief executive Peter Varney recently hinted that he could have a party interested in buying the club.
He has urged supporters to fill The Valley for the EFL Cup tie against Brighton on December 21.
“If you care about Charlton – even if you feel disillusioned at present – please buy your ticket for the Brighton cup game and come with the mindset to create a passionate atmosphere as it is very important to showcase the club on that night,” said Varney.
“I appreciate some fans are unfairly questioning my motives but as with the situation back in 2011 [when investors he fronted successfully took over Charlton] my only interest is the club which has given me so many good memories for the last 62 years.
“All I ask is that we have a bumper home crowd to show off what The Valley can be like when the fans are right behind the team. Nothing more nothing less. Needs to be a positive atmosphere not a negative one.”
Sandgaard has made no public statement confirming he is prepared to part company with Charlton.
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