Something inside so strong

Tuesday 13th November 2012 16:30

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Charlton FanZoner Stuart Heaver is pleased with the team spirit on the pitch but worried by events off it!

Addicks defeat Cardiff despite boardroom turmoil

Something inside so strong is likely to be the new song adopted by the covered end choir after Charlton's heroic fight-back to beat league leaders Cardiff 5-4 in a classic night under the floodlights in SE7.

The emotional old ballad written by Labi Siffre captures the proud spirit and defiance of Charlton Athletic, a club that was denied its own ground and came perilously close to extinction before rising like a phoenix from the ashes, with the support of the local community, to compete in the top half of the Premiership.

Sadly, that spirit of pride and loyalty is not as apparent off the pitch, where management and backroom staff are being shown the door without so much as a thank you and the new money men seem to be throwing their weight around with all the style and panache of a rabid pit bull.

Board members Steve Kavanagh and Peter Varney have disappeared, and Paul Elliot was announced in the press as a new club chairman only for this to be swiftly denied by the club.

Something is going on behind the scenes at the Valley but in the new football world where TV audiences in Asia are the new clients and home fans count for next to nothing, Charlton fans have had very little idea what.

After the very disappointing 4-1 home defeat to Middleborough, there were even whispers of Chris Powell's position being under threat from the owners- something that was completely unacceptable to the vast majority of Addicks.

"Stick that in your pipe and inhale deeply," Sir Chris was seen mouthing to the executive box as he left the field in front of his adoring fans after the Cardiff victory.


Many couldn't care less who owns their club as long as the team was winning and rising up the table. Which is OK until like Cardiff, your entire club history is re-written, the shirt changes colour and you find your team renamed after a popular brand of Chinese noodles.

Popularly known as the Mysterons, the new Charlton ownership structure is openly listed on the official website. The club is now 90% owned by CAFC Holdings Limited which in turn is 47.6% owned by Director Tony Jimenez and 23% owned by Chairman Michael Slater.

Both men are allegedly members of the so called cockney football mafia which also includes Dennis Wise, and self -made property tycoon Kevin Cash about whom very little is known other that he has a lot of cash and assets and keeps very little of either registered in the UK.

Currently the most popular conspiracy theory (based on very little evidence) goes along the lines that due to internal disagreements between members of the cockney football mafia regarding some unpaid debts on a property deal, Kevin Cash is retreating from his Charlton commitment meaning his representative Michael Slater will be exiting too. Tony Jimenez now has to find alternative backers to keep the club viable and a new chairman who will represent their interests on the board.

Anyone or anything not essential to this central and urgent requirement is swiftly cut off at the knees.

And If that all sounds a bit like a sub-standard episode of The Sopranos, imagine how the manager and team must feel trying to focus on a game of football on Saturday afternoon.

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