Charlton Athletic chairman Tahnoon Nimer has reassured manager Lee Bowyer that the club will pull through the economic challenges facing them in the midst of the current crisis.
The outbreak of coronavirus has put all football on hold for the foreseeable future, and has hundreds of football clubs fearing for their future.
But speaking to London News Online, Bowyer revealed that Nimer has reassured him with regards to the club’s financial position in the forthcoming weeks:
“Tahnoon said not to worry, and that we will get through this on a secure footing. He said that we are going to have financial backing.
“At the moment we are talking about the best way forward. If we have to furlough some of the staff we will. The most important thing is the survival of the club.”
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With no ticket sales, the vast majority of teams in the EFL face huge financial losses in the coming weeks. Player and staff wages will be the main factor behind this probable hardship, and more clubs are making use of the government’s furlough scheme.
“We are one of the clubs which will struggle financially in this situation and that is something we talk about,” explained Bowyer. “We are ensuring we make the right decisions at the right time.”
Charlton fans have been through a lot this season – they’re fine start to life back in the Championship was shot by one of the longest injury lists seen in this division, before the whole boardroom saga enfolded, which saw Matt Southall dismissed from his post as chairman last month.
It’ll be a sigh of relief for everyone involved at Charlton to hear of Nimer’s backing. After weeks of controversy and allegations, the club needs resting period before the real difficulties of this crisis hits home.
He’s promised Bowyer money (which he could’ve, but didn’t receive in January) and hopefully he delivers on that – Charlton fans will need some solid evidence before they start restoring their trust in the board though.