An exciting development could take place in the Championship this summer which involves someone leaving one club for another, but it isn’t transfer related.
Mehmet Dalman is in advanced talks to takeover the ownership of Charlton Athletic, in a move which would bring joy to the Addicks’ fans – but sorrow to Cardiff.
The 61-year-old has been chairman of The Bluebirds since 2013, and in that time has overseen promotion as well as two years in the Premier League. He has also built a great working relationship with manager Neil Warnock, which is perhaps an even better achievement.
He would be sorely missed at Cardiff, but he will have a great opportunity at Charlton where he will receive immediate admiration simply because he would be the man to get rid of Roland Duchatelet.
Our FLW Six Point Opinion breaks down the potential move, what it means for both clubs and their set of fans.
Who is Mehmet Dalman?
“Dalman has a history in banking, but he has also been involved in football in varying capacities for many years.
“He previously held a stake in Manchester United and played a role in assisting the takeover by the Glaziers in 2004.
“He was also the first non-German to sit on the board of Commerzbank, one of the biggest German banks, and is reportedly one of the richest men in the country.”
How good is this news for Charlton?
“This is what Charlton fans have dreamed of in the five turbulent years under Duchatelet.
“It will finally bring an end to all the disarray, the protests, and the cutbacks in spending which has come to characterise the Belgian’s tenure.
“Promotion was great for the club and now this could bring a fresh start to a club which is finally beginning to move in the right direction once again under the stewardship of Lee Bowyer.”
What can he bring to The Valley?
“Dalman is quite a rare breed in terms of football owners.
“Not only is he able to flex financial muscle, but he knows football as well as any director in the country. He has a wealth of experience at different levels in the game, and valuably he knows how to run a Championship club.
“After Charlton have spent so long unorganised and not knowing what the next step will be, Dalman will bring stability and a strategy which will aim to restore the club back to the Premier League.”
Is it a big blow to Cardiff and their chances of promotion next season?
“Dalman has been a big part of Cardiff’s success of late, so naturally it could be a bit of a setback for the club.
“Vincent Tan’s appointment of a new chairman will be vital, and he has not always made the right decisions. He needs someone who will provide continuity and not disrupt how things are run, as Cardiff are doing well on and off the pitch.
“Cardiff are still in capable hands with Neil Warnock. He will always have his side competing and they have a number of quality Championship players who should do well next season – so there is still potential to bounce straight back.”
Can Charlton fans begin to get excited at the prospect of soon being a Premier League club once again?
“With Dalman in charge the likelihood of this happening increases ten-fold.
“It may take a few years but Charlton fans can start to feel confident that their club will start heading in the right direction. Lee Bowyer gave them that belief first and this supports it.
“A lot depends on how much money Dalman is willing to invest into the club, and what he envisions. He has been successful in the game and has a lot of contacts which should serve Charlton well long-term.”
What should Dalman’s first actions be as owner?
“First it is vital he gets the house in order. Following chaotic periods of ownership like Duchatelet’s there may be a few things which require organising.
“The first priority is managing the budget and removing any unnecessary areas of expenditure, then Dalman can go about providing Bowyer with the resources he needs to be competitive next year.
“A big rebuild is needed at Charlton and by the end of the month they could be down to just a handful of players. They will need to bring in personnel with the aim of consolidating in the Championship, and then the club cab move forward from there.”