Charlton Athletic majority shareholder Tahnoon Nimer has started exploring options to sell the club before his takeover has even been fully ratified by the EFL, according to the Evening Standard.
Nimer has reportedly held preliminary talks regarding the potential sale of the club over the last few days, and the Syrian businessman is thought to be looking for at least £2million from the interested party in order to justify his departure.
Former owner Roland Duchatelet sold Charlton to East Street Investments back in January – with Nimer one of the catalysts behind this deal – but cracks have appeared in the relationship between Nimer and ex-chairman Matt Southall in recent weeks.
This started when Nimer accused Southall of misusing the club’s funds since his instalment as chairman at The Valley, and it eventually saw the former agent removed from the Addicks’ board despite his consistent denial of any wrong-doing.
Nimer appointed Claudiu Florica and Marian Mihail to Charlton’s board of directors in place of Southall and Jonathan Heller, but it now appears as though ESI’s majority shareholder is open to the possibility of selling the club before injecting any funds.
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The relentless boardroom saga at Charlton appeared to be approaching its finale when Southall was removed from the board by Nimer, but this latest development suggests the club’s ownership issue is some way from being resolved.
Nimer’s reported meetings over a potential sale of the club do not fall in line with his comments on the situation to date, and it will be interesting to see how the situation evolves given it seems so unstable at the moment.
It has reached the point where Charlton fans will not mind too much about the specifics of the outcome, as their main hope will be to see the club survive this challenging period.