BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer has called for the EFL to change their regulations – stating his disbelief that financial doubts have emerged just months after East Street Investment acquired the club.
Majority shareholder Tahnoon Nimer is looking to remove executive chairman Matt Southall and has withdrawn funding until the former agent is no longer involved.
Southall has told the Addicks’ players and also Charlton Athletic Supporters’ Trust that there is enough money for the club to run until December without Nimer’s financial contribution.
But the EFL have not fully ratified ESI’s takeover as they say source and sufficiency of funding until 2021 has not been received yet.
Bowyer said: “The EFL have obviously got regulations – they need to be changed.
“I can’t understand how this club is in this situation, so soon after the Bury scenario. How can that happen?
“I get there are rules and regulations and a way of doing things, but for me as manager of this football club I think they need to be changed, because this shouldn’t be happening now. The people who are here have only been here since January and in no time at all we’re talking about people maybe not getting paid in the future. How can that happen? It’s wrong.
“The fans are paying their money every week and don’t understand what is going on with their football club.
“All they have to do is if you own a football club you have to put x amount of money into a separate account and it can’t be touched by anybody.
“If people have the money – and I’m not just talking about our football club I mean every football club – if they have that money then they put it across there. So then if it does go pear-shaped it’s a case of ‘here you go, there’s money to keep you going in the longer term.
“If there is no money to pay the bills then they shouldn’t be in charge. Bury is a prime example.”
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