Last week, the Charlton Athletic Supporters’ Trust sent a letter to the Australian Football Consortium (AFC), who is allegedly in exclusivity talks to buy Charlton Athletic. The letter details the Trust’s intention to make Charlton a success and to help any new owners settle at The Valley, acting as a sign of trust and good spirit.
Wednesday the 19th of April, marks exactly a week since the Mail Sport uncovered that the AFC were allegedly in the process of raising £20 million capital to buy Charlton Athletic from Roland Duchatelet.
The day after the news broke to the national press, Chairman of the Charlton Athletic Supporters’ Trust, Richard Wiseman, sent a letter on behalf of the Supporters’ Trust to Chris Tait of the Australian Football Consortium LTD.
The letter stated that they understood that any form of negotiation would likely be confidential, but said they were available to offer any form of advice, if they would like it.
“We read with interest the article in the Daily Mail concerning Australian Football Consortium’s potential takeover of Charlton Athletic Football Club. We appreciate that the matter is likely still to be under negotiation and we fully respect the confidentiality of such details. We are simply contacting you to introduce ourselves and offer input should your client wish this.”
The letter then proceeded to make clear to the Australian Football Consortium, the value the fans and specifically the Supporters’ Trust could offer to prospective new ownership.
“We regularly carry out surveys and consultations with our members and the wider fanbase on issues including season ticket renewal, matchday experience, general sentiment and views on broader football matters.
“Should it be of any interest to your client at this stage, we would be willing to make ourselves available to answer any questions or provide information on the club in general, the history, the fanbase and our views on realising the potential.
“The CASTrust board of nine people includes a majority who have senior executive/ management experience across a range of disciplines and industries, including finance, marketing and recruitment. Please therefore rest assured that we appreciate business sensitivities and would, of course, agree to a Non-Disclosure Agreement if required to cover any such contact.”
The Supporters’ Trust was also very clear about what its mission was and stated that Charlton’s recent peaks of success have come from an aligned mission and objective between the fans and the Club.
“Our mission is to protect, preserve and promote Charlton Athletic Football Club for this and future generations.
“We certainly agree that Charlton possesses the infrastructure, catchment area and latent goodwill to bounce quickly back to the Championship and then aim for the Premier League. The most successful period for the club in recent years resulted from directors and fans working in close partnership to lay solid foundations for growth, including increasing attendances at The Valley.”
The Charlton Athletic Supporters’ Trust has acted on behalf of its members and the wider fan base to offer a hand of good faith, trust and spirit to the possible new prospective owner, the Australian Football Consortium (AFC).