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Current Charlton Athletic board won’t bring in Dave Jones – as they back Gallen and Bowyer

Charlton Athletic’s current board of directors will not appoint Dave Jones – and have given their full backing to director of football Steve Gallen and manager Lee Bowyer.

We reported at the weekend that Jones was being lined up for a high-level role at the League One club that would have seen him have final say on the footballing side.

It would have effectively placed the 63-year-old above Gallen (below) and manager Lee Bowyer.

It is understood that Jones did not want to proceed with deals for Milton Keynes midfielder Alex Gilbey and Hearts striker Conor Washington. Both deals were effectively done until the EFL blocked the transfers on Friday.

Charlton had been operating under a softer registration embargo since January – due to the fact that East Street Investments had not had their takeover approved by the governing body – and it is understood the restrictions have been ramped up.

EFL rules state that clubs must be allowed to staff their squad with at least 23 players. The Addicks were trying to press ahead with a number of deals to beat the League One wage cap rules, which were approved at the end of last week.

Jones could still be appointed if Paul Elliott is able to take control of the football club.

Chris Farnell stepped down from his position as a director at ESI on Friday but remains as Charlton’s solicitor.

He is working on an appeal of the EFL ruling to disqualify three individuals under the governing body’s ‘Owners’ and Directors’ Test’ and also trying to lift the transfer embargo.

It is understood that the EFL are also considering applications for other ‘relevant’ persons under the OADT.

Charlton’s current board of directors is Marian Mihail and Claudiu Florica. The pair passed the OADT test in May.

Tahnoon Nimer was also approved by the EFL but never provided source and sufficiency of funding, which saw the EFL apply a registration embargo. The Addicks were only able to do loans in the January window and not exceed their existing level of spending.

Tahnoon Nimer with chairman Matt Southall

Nimer announced in June that he had sold the Addicks to a consortium led by Elliott.

Roland Duchatelet agreed a deal with ESI at the start of January but crucially it only initially saw the football club change hands. ESI then had until 2025 to complete a £50million deal for The Valley and the club’s training ground in Sparrows Lane.

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