"Am out of this" - new Charlton owner casts club's future into uncertainty with series of Instagram posts

10 March 2020

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Photo: PA Images According to a series of Instagram posts, it appears that Charlton's owner, Tahnoon Nimer (pictured), is threatening to pull out of the club over a conflict with Matt Southall - the executive chairman whom he appointed.

According to a series of Instagram posts, it appears that Charlton's owner, Tahnoon Nimer, is threatening to pull out of the club over a conflict with Matt Southall - the executive chairman whom he appointed.

Offthepitch.com understands that Matt Southall and director Jonathan Heller have spoken to all staff in person, reassuring them that wages will be paid and financial obligations met. No jobs are under threat, they have been told.

In a rebuttal of allegations of financial misuse, Southall said in a statement on the club's website that he would be meeting with his lawyers to "discuss an action for defamation."

Southall also claimed that Nimer has yet to provide the EFL with the source of his funds, though the league has not confirmed this.

The EFL in a statement on Tuesday confirmed that the January takeover went through without approval of the new owners' funding until June 2021.

Emil Gjerding Nielson and Mark Bisson nielson@offthepitch.com

Conflict is brewing at Charlton after their new owner, Tahnoon Nimer, apparently made a series of Instagram posts threatening to pull out of the club, just three months after taking over, due to a conflict with the executive chairman appointed by Nimer himself, Matt Southall.

Following a protracted struggle to sell the club, Charlton's former owner, Roland Duchatelet, made a deal with Nimer in November to sell the club to Abu Dhabi-based consortium East Street Investments with Nimer in charge. 

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