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Appointment of Leeds United-linked lawyer among ESI changes that could impact Charlton

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Charlton Athletic’s owners, East Street Investments, have made further changes to their board with the appointments of Romanian Andrei Mihail and Leeds United-linked sports lawyer Chris Farnell, according to Rick Everitt from Voice of The Valley.

That could mean the duo are set to secure roles at the South London club as two of Charlton’s current board members, Claudiu Florica and Marian Milhail, are understood to have been appointed to the ESI board prior to taking up their roles with the Addicks.

It has been a dramatic few months for the club, which has included the ugly public dispute between major shareholder Tahnoon Nimer and chairman Matt Southall.

The Charlton chairman was eventually removed from his position and Nimer has reiterated his commitment to the club.

However, the future of the South London club remains uncertain and last month the Evening Standard reported that Nimer was ready to walk away from Charlton and had held preliminary talks to sell the club.

In March, Claudiu Florica and Marian Milhail were appointed to the board as directors and it appears more changes could be on their way.

The editor of Voice of The Valley’s latest update has revealed that Andrei Milhail and Farnell have both been appointed to the board of ESI.

That suggests they could be set to place a role at the South London club as, according to Everitt, the two most recent additions to the board, Florica and Marian Milhail, were appointed to the board of ESI eight days before they took up their roles at the club.

Farnell may be something of a familiar name as he was Bury’s lawyer prior to their expulsion from the EFL in 2019 and is believed to have been involved in Massimo Cellini’s takeover of Leeds United.

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The Verdict

It has been a crazy few months (and few years) for the Addicks, who still face uncertainty over the ownership of the club.

It seems this duo newly appointed to ESI could be set to play some role at Charlton, though at this time it remains unclear what.

Fans of the South London club will undoubtedly be hoping Farnell’s links to Cellino don’t say something about the sort of character they have in charge.


London-based sports journalist at Snack Media EFL accredited, graduate of New Associates and the University of Brighton

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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