BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Charlton Athletic Supporters’ Trust met with Addicks chief executive chairman Matt Southall yesterday – and have issued a statement saying that it has not alleviated their fears that the Championship side are in crisis.
Addicks majority shareholder Tahnoon Nimer is threatening to legally remove Southall from his post.
There has been an astonishing public airing of grievances by the Syrian businessman, who has pulled his funding until Southall steps down from his role.
It has emerged that the EFL have yet to fully endorse the January takeover by East Street Investments and that they had also put the SE7 outfit under a transfer embargo in the last window as the governing body had not been satisfied yet on source and sustainability of funds.
Southall has said that Charlton have enough cash to run until December without Nimer’s backing.
He has also defended the renting of a central London flat which is costing £150,000 a year, claiming it is for the use of club officials and not just by himself.
CAST said: “We remain extremely concerned that Southall and Nimer are at loggerheads over the future of the club and we fear this will lead to a messy and potentially protracted legal dispute.
“The meeting, although lengthy, has done nothing to change our view that the club is in crisis.
CAST chair Richard Wiseman said: “We thought it was all over once Roland was gone but it is very clear that that is far from the case.”
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