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Prospective new Birmingham owner explains involvement of controversial ex-Charlton figure

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Birmingham City look set to get new owners with Paul Richardson and Maxi Lopez set to come in, whilst Matt Southall – familiar to Charlton fans perhaps not for the right reasons – is also set to be involved in the running of the club.

Southall was chairman of Charlton once upon a time, during East Street Investments’ period as owners of the club, but his time there did not exactly run smoothly.

Eventually, the Addicks were taken on by Thomas Sandgaard and Southall has since been looking to get a way back into football, with him now set to be involved with the Blues.

Paul Richardson and Maxi Lopez are on course to take over at St Andrew’s and Richardson has addressed Southall’s past, saying that he is totally assured there will be no issues and that, as a personal friend, he trusts him to do a good job:

“We will be adding to the team that we have got, we will assess the team that is here first and add to the team as we see necessary. Probably a CEO and CFO,” Richardson said to Birmingham Live.

“I have known Matt for over ten years, a personal friend, we need someone in this club that has experience in a tough environment, we have got some tough decisions to make as we move forward and we believe, myself and Maxi are right behind him, that he is the right guy to do it. I know all about the history, we have talked about it extensively. Matt, along with the CFO, will be reporting to myself and Maxi.

“We discussed everything, as I say Matt is a personal friend of mine so I know in depth about everything and there is always more than one side to a story at the end of the day. We are very clear and concise with it so no problem at all.”

The Verdict

Southall clearly has the trust and faith from Richardson and Lopez to do a good job and so he’ll be looking to repay that as quickly as he can.

He’ll also want to show that what happened at Charlton is not something he is going to repeat, and Blues fans will also be eager to see that as well.

Time will ultimately tell here, though.

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