Can’t help thinking there is a material missing element to the campaign to get our owner to sell. I may have missed something, but as things stand I’m not aware of any Charlton legend coming out publicly in support of CARD. It has reached the stage whereby silence amounts to acquiescence and there are important figures who could have a significant impact, not least on Addicks still reluctant to back the campaign.
Any hopes that Richard Murray might have revised his thinking on the potential merits of Duchatelet as a long-term owner have gone out of the window. Curbs’ media pundit comments recently about it being time for the fans to shelve protests until the summer may have been ill-considered and at the least need updating, but unless and until he says more they have to stand. It’s not pleasant to name names, especially as individuals may have good reasons of their own to remain silent. But there are Charlton heroes who presumably continue to act as hosts on matchdays who could publicly walk away for the duration (and be welcomed back when we have new owners, assuming they are not even worse), plus others not involved with the club but whose opinion would carry weight and get media coverage. Also, wouldn’t it be great if Sir Maurice Hatter announced that he was suspending his position as honorary life president of the club (which he took on well before Duchatelet arrived on the scene) until such time as we have back a club worthy of being honorary life president of?
CARD has the tacit or active approval of most (but not all) fans and I do think it could use such additional backing. These aren’t easy decisions to take. Does anyone think I was happy (or indifferent) when it came to not renewing my season ticket and not attending games, or that anyone actually wants to walk out during a game, or even hang around in the cold and wet after one rather than sloping off for a glass? Any Charlton figure coming out in support of the campaign would not be turning their back on the club they love; like many/most supporters they would be taking action to defend and preserve that club.
Let’s end a short (for me) post with a joke. “It is the board’s strategy to continue to reduce these levels of losses over time and move towards a breakeven position whilst remaining highly competitive in the Championship”. It truly beggars belief and is a worthy comedy classic follow-up to Duchatelet’s recent interviews for our consumption. Some time back Murray said in response to a question that Roland had two objectives for us: to break even and to get promoted to the Premiership. It didn’t need pointing out then that the objectives were incompatible, financial fair play or not, and the same applies now as regards Meire’s statement (which rather curiously has not – yet at least – appeared on the club site). I want to win the euromillions lottery without having to spend money on a ticket. It’s just not fair. Of course, given that our club is now in debt to Baton 2010 Ltd to the tune of £40.1m (and rising each day) you can say they are spending money on that ticket. Equally true is that they have failed so far to achieve or even move materially towards breakeven (the loss for the year to June 2016 will presumably depend on whether Lookman, Berg Gudmundsson and others are sold in time) and are failing miserably with regard to on the pitch objectives.