Top man at Charlton outlines his vision

New owners have said they want to rebuild the club 'slowly and sensibly'


NEW CHARLTON chairman Matt Southall has outlined his vision for the club’s future.

East Street Investments completed a £50 million plus deal to buy Charlton from Belgian businessman Roland Duchatelet recently. The new owners have said they want to rebuild the club “slowly and sensibly” and will not simply throw millions of pounds at trying to get back to the Premier League.

Southall says ESI is looking to build “something special” at The Valley and has outlined its plans in his first interview on the club’s ­website.

The new man wants to reconnect Charlton with supporters after years of protests against Duchatelet, build long-term stability, become the sixth club in London to earn Category One academy status and tie down manager Lee ­Bowyer to a new long-term contract.

He said: “I have been fortunate to meet many of the dedicated staff who have served the club so loyally and diligently and whose love of Charlton Athletic shines through. Their enthusiasm is part of the reason why we are so confident of building something special now the takeover is complete.

“Since our last statement on November 29, it has been my privilege to attend every game and see for myself why this football club means so much to so many people.

“I have met hundreds of fans, attended some of the club’s community schemes and spoken with people for whom Charlton Athletic means everything.”

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