BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Tahnoon Nimer is determined to make Charlton Athletic supporters “happy” – and says East Street Investments will be at the cutting edge of technology and development.
ESI acquired the South London club off of Belgian Roland Duchatelet earlier this month.
And Syrian businessman Nimer is the majority shareholder in ESI. Matt Southall is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Addicks as he combines being both chairman and operating in a chief executive role.
Nimer says that ESI will be flying in specialists from the UAE to help solve the injury issues that have hugely disrupted Charlton’s Championship campaign.
The Addicks made an excellent start to the season and were looking as if they could be in the play-off mix. But a horrendous pile up of injuries – at its peak ruling out 13 or 14 players at one time – has seen their form nosedive with fears they could be in for a battle to safety.
Nimer said: “The first stage is a five-year vision for Charlton. We will plan carefully and with responsibility and we will try never to make the same mistakes that were made before.
“I have studied the history of the club and what it means to the supporters. The important thing is to make sure we do everything we can to make them happy.
“If they are happy, they will come to the matches in big numbers, which will inspire the players. If the players are inspired, then we will be successful.
“We are already considering the best way we can help Charlton. That is not always about spending lots of money, but about being at the forefront of technology and development.
“For example, we know there have been lots of injuries recently. So we will be speaking to the best private clinic in the UAE and taking specialists to London to run tests on the players to see if there are reasons behind those injuries. If there are, then we will use the knowledge these specialists possess to try and prevent a repeat.
“We are very serious about taking this club forward. That will be done with responsibility and planning. That is why we have targeted an initial five-year vision.”
Nimer was speaking to The National, the Middle East’s leading English language news service. A more in-depth interview will be published by them soon.
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