Interview: Charlton recruitment chief has his work cut out amid uncertainty over potential club takeover

12 September 2019

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Photo: Getty Images "We got a lot of knockbacks from players and clubs and you just have to keep going to try and get the best ones you can," says Charltons recruitment chief Steve Gallen.

Steve Gallen, who was recently appointed to the board at Charlton, talks to offthepitch.com about the struggles to sign players as investors eye the south London club.

Tough summer for the new director as player representatives tried to take advantage of the uncertainty regarding the long-term ownership of the club.

Tight budget and keeping squad together the big challenge for high-flying Charlton.

Steve Gallen has endured a tough summer on the recruitment front as ongoing uncertainty over Charlton's possible takeover and the manager's future impacted the club's ability to sign players.

Roland Duchatelet, the Belgian businessman who owns the club, has been trying to sell it for more than 18 months. Despite serious discussions with at least three different groups in the past six months - with a deal close to being concluded in April - negotiations have led nowhere.

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