Charlton Athletic defender Deji Oshilaja has said that the club’s recent takeover is not a distraction to the players, who’ve now won just one of their last 10 in the Championship.
Lee Bowyer and everyone involved at Charlton were celebrating the news of their takeover at the weekend, which saw previous owner Roland Duchatelet succeeded by East Street Investments.
The takeover had been in the works for a long time and Bowyer can expect a much healthier transfer kitty under the new owners.
Charlton though couldn’t celebrate the news with a win at home to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, with Garry Monk’s side coming away 3-1 winners.
It was the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday, and a brace from Steven Fletcher and a late goal for Atdhe Nuhiu cancelled out Macauley Bonne’s early equaliser.
Midfielder Oshilaja spoke to News Hopper about the takeover, and believes that it won’t prove to be a distraction for the team:
“Us as players we concentrate on the football side of things,” the 26-year-old explained.
“The gaffer told us, we’ll do our thing on the pitch, if it does happen then it’s good for the fans as it’s been in the pipeline for a while, so when it does happen it’ll be a great thing.
“But as professionals we can’t control any of that, our job is to play football – all we can concentrate on is what we can effect, and that’s football, that’s all we can do now.”
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The takeover was announced on Friday and brings to an end the contested reign of Duchatelet. The Belgian’s tenure has long been protested by Charlton fans which finally resulted in him selling the club – a similar situation unravelled when he was the owner of Belgian side Standard Liege in 2015.
It’ll be hard for the Charlton players to fully focus on the task at hand with the exciting news coming off-the-pitch. It’s the moment that Bowyer and indeed the fans have been waiting for and they fully believe that they can take the next step now.
For Oshilaja and his teammates though, all they can do is keep working hard on the pitch and hopefully turn their form around before it get’s too late.