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Exclusive: Charlton Athletic staff hopeful of summer takeover

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Charlton Athletic players and staff are hopeful that promotion to the Championship will finally see a successful takeover bid, as revealed exclusively to Football League World by a source close to the club.

The Addicks earned promotion via the play-offs, finishing above both Portsmouth and Sunderland despite having spent much of the season adrift of the top four. Manager Lee Bowyer put together a committed and able team willing to fight hard for the cause.

Their success came in spite of off the field problems, all stemming from the poisonous ownership of Roland Duchatelet. He was seemingly choking the club, denying youth team players water, trying to get the EFL to buy him out and delaying contract talks with key players and the manager.

A source close to the players has revealed to FLW that many are currently on their break and are hopeful that upon their return, the future might be clearer.

Players such as Patrick Bauer and Joe Aribo are without contract offers at present, Lee Bowyer is only just beginning talks and loanee Ben Purrington is open to an extended Addicks stay.

They’re hoping that when they’re back in a couple of weeks time, the financial situation and the ownership of the club will be much clearer, although Duchatelet has suggested that promotion to the Championship has made the club harder to sell, rather than a more attractive prospect.

The Verdict

Our source claims that at least one player, currently on his holiday, is hoping for a clearer future as a result of a takeover in just a couple of weeks time.

The club are still in limbo right now, despite their heroics, but Lee Bowyer has undoubtedly made them an attractive prospect for any potential buyers.

Bauer, Purrington and a host of others were key to their promotion and have served the club well. If they’re to keep progressing, they need to reward those key figures with fresh deals and that will only happen if an owner comes in with a real focus on the club and its supporters, not his own bank balance.

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