Charlton Athletic’s Executive Chairman Matt Southall has sent an email to staff assuring them that their jobs are secure following the notable fallout amongst the club’s hierarchy.
Southall's email says is "no threat whatsoever to staff wages or even your jobs. The club is solvent and will continue to be run in exactly the same as it has been since January. It's business as usual."
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Developments on Monday evening saw ESI majority shareholder Tahnoon Nimer state that he was pulling out of Charlton Athletic, after making allegations that Southall had spent club funds on his personal lifestyle.
The Chairman then released a club statement at 11:30pm on Monday night which alleged that Nimer has failed to provide any funds since acquiring the club from Roland Duchatelet in January.
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Southall also vehemently denied Nimer’s allegations against him in the statement, stating that he will meet his legal representatives to “discuss an action for defamation” over an alleged letter sent by Nimer to the club’s senior management and staff.
“It is with regret that the board of Charlton Athletic Football Club accepts Tahnoon Nimer’s resignation as a director with immediate effect,” it read.
“Following the events of March 9th, his position is now untenable and the board has no option but to accept his resignation.”
The dispute has placed Charlton’s future in doubt, as it is unclear where the funds will come from if Nimer has indeed withdrawn his financial support for the club.
Although Southall has assured club staff that their jobs are safe for the time being, the dispute between himself and Nimer potentially means that the club could once again be put up for sale.
Therefore, unfortunately, the staff have to take Southall’s email with a pinch of salt, as things at the club look uncertain at this stage.
Considering the Addicks’ position in the league table, these developments could also negatively have a bearing on performances on the pitch.