Charlton Athletic fans could be excused for being cautiously excited amid reports that Cardiff City chairman Mehmet Dalman is in advanced talks to buy the recently promoted club from want-away owner Roland Duchatelet, as reported on Wales Online.
The move could come as a blow to Cardiff fans and manager Neil Warnock, who has built up a good rapport with his chairman, and would have hoped to have him by his side as they look to bounce back to the Premier League at the first attempt following relegation.
So what can be read into Dalman’s attempt to buy Charlton Athletic? Is this a good sign for the Addicks?
“Naturally Charlton fans will be delighted at the prospect of Duchatelet leaving the club after five years of turmoil.
“Dalman too, has enjoyed a very successful spell as chairman of Cardiff, and built up an excellent working relationship with Warnock, which Charlton fans should be positive about.
“However, it could be a bit of a risk as his financial status is unknown. It seems odd that he would be chairman of a club if he was capable of owning one outright, but it is possible that he has other benefactors working alongside him, and if that’s the case Charlton fans should be feeling very optimistic.”
“It’s something that you might be sceptical about but Charlton’s situation isn’t exactly healthy at the moment and something needs to change.
“The club have done so well in the last 18 months, but that could all be undone if Charlton don’t get their plans in place for their Championship return.
“That goes from on the pitch to at boardroom level and time isn’t exactly on the club’s side.”
“It needs to happen, quickly.
“Lee Bowyer could be gone by Friday, but if there is a takeover he might just stay.
“This is what all Charlton fans hope and want; a fresh start with real purpose.
“For all of football, I hope this happens and Duchatelet is never allowed near one of our clubs again.”
“It was a fantastic end to the season for Charlton, but there is still a lot of uncertainty at the club.
“Not many fans are happy with the club’s current owner Roland Duchatelet and he has been looking to sell the club for some time, so I think fans at The Valley would welcome change.
“It would obviously see him leave his role at Cardiff and I’m not too sure how fans would feel about that.”