Another takeover of Charlton, this time by former Ritz owner Andrew Barclay, is still a possibility, though it is unlikely to happen before games restart.
The Addicks’ owner Tahnoon Nimer has relinquished his interest in the club – which should at least enable manager Lee Bowyer to talk to his boss – the Addicks’ chief had not spoken to Nimer for six weeks.
Nimer has now handed control of the club, five months after taking control, to a consortium put together by his lawyer, Chris Farnell, and a Manchester businessman Paul Elliott.
Barclay, together with former Valley chief executive Peter Varney, expressed an interest in buying the club last week amid a possible string of bids.
But his bid now appears to be the only one on the table and the two sides are set to meet in the coming days.
Former Swansea owner Huw Jenkins had an option but did not take it up as the Addicks dropped into the relegation zone. And Portuguese consortium Corporate Football Organisation Portugal had not offered any money to Nimer before last Friday’s deadline.
Varney said today: “Andrew and I have been kept fully informed by the new Charlton owners and discussions between us are progressing.”
Farnell, a senior partner at IPS Law, was involved in the takeover of Leeds by Italian Massimo Cellino in 2013.
Before that, he had been legal adviser to Swansea City.
Farnell was also involved in Sheffield United’s legal action against West Ham United over the “Tevez affair” in 2008.
Nimer’s East Street Investments group bought Charlton for £1 in January, giving supporters hope of a new era after fierce protests against former owner Roland Duchatelet.
But Nimer and partner Matt Southall fell out over expenses issues, which culminated in the removal of former agent Southall as chairman in March.
Ex-chairman Roland Duchatelet still owns The Valley and Charlton’s training ground in Sparrow’s Lane.
Nimer said on Instagram last night: “I have made the difficult decision to hand the club over to a consortium that will have sufficient time and be in a position to take the club forward.”
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