Derby County owner Mel Morris has labeled the current situation surrounding Charlton Athletic a “nightmare”, in an interview with Offthepitch.com.
A boardroom dispute between Charlton majority shareholder Tahnoon Nimer and ex-chairman Matt Southall has thrown the club into chaos over the past few weeks.
It has been an ugly dispute that has, for the most part, been played out on social media.
Nimer has accused Southall of misusing nearly £2 million of club money and misleading him over a number of aspects of his running of the Addicks.
Southall was removed from his role late last week but has not gone quietly.
The former Chairman has accused Nimer of not funding the club at all since January and has claimed that he has more investors lined up once the Syrian businessman “stops pretending he has money and steps aside”.
Morris has been looking for new investment in Derby in recent months and has reportedly been in advanced talks with American billionaire Michael Dell.
Speaking to Offthepitch.com on that topic, the Rams owner turned his attention to the situation at Charlton and described it as a “nightmare”.
He added: “The problem is that you simply don’t know with the number of people who show interest in buying a football club. On the one hand, you can demonstrate some source of funds and later on it disappears, and we’ve heard that story so many times before, so how do you stop that?”
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It doesn’t make happy reading for Charlton fans but it’s hard to disagree with Morris on this one.
The uncertainty surrounding the South London club is far from ideal, particularly given the current delay to the Championship season.
You have to feel for Addicks fans, who have been through so much off the field drama in recent years.
On top of everything else, they will also face a battle for Championship survival once the season resumes.