All Al Burj the gravy train
Wow. Yesterday until late afternoon there was no Blackberry service on the island and as I was sat outside a bar tucking into yet another bottle of chilled Sauvignon Blanc, I was pretty oblivious to what was going on at the table next to me, let alone in SE7
. I finally poured myself into a taxi at a time I don't recall, got home and went straight to bed. I woke this morning with a humungous headache, loads of of emails, texts and missed calls. I read one, then another but thinking I was hallucinating I stuck my head down the toilet and went back to bed.
Later, well only now yesterday's incredible news in slowly starting to register. Of course I would never make a newspaper reporter, so already the Addick blogging world has reacted whilst I was trying to get the top of the aspirin bottle off.Pedro45
tells us all we need to know about our potential new owners. All Quiet
summarizes the national media's thoughts on Zabeel, From the Hill to The Valley
tells us to hold on tight, Deepest Darkest
questions Pards' future, Wyn Grant
makes me wobble at thought of Charlton being "serious contenders."
Blackheath Addick's already waving his dishdashah in the air, CND
is dreaming and New York Addick
has taken a break from throwing himself out of a Wall St window to write another wistful post on Friday's sensational news.
And what do I think? Well I'm a bit old school and a bit of a worrywart when it comes to our beloved Addicks. I'm happier that the money is coming from Dubai and not Russia, although I only commented on Charlton Life
the other day that the hurried growth in Dubai is an accident waiting to happen but the $5 billion private equity company Zabeel Investments
doesn't appear to do things by accident.
With the 35-year old Mohammed Ali Al Hashimi
as it's leader Zabeel has had a massive impact in Dubai helping transform a emirate that contrary to perception does not have a lot of oil reserves. And recently Zabeel have made some clever investments abroad too taking large financial stakes in Airbus parent company EADS, US hospitality company The Light group and Sony.
So I'm not jumping up and down, not yet anyway and it wouldn't do my sore head any good. Not sure how some people can call yesterday best day in the club's history. Clearly they weren't standing outside Woolwich town hall on a chilly April night in 1991! I'm encouraged that Richard Murray appears happy with the approach and will still be involved at the club, so I'm in the guarded excitement camp but as someone wrote on one of the blogs, "this being Charlton I'm sure that we will find a way to balls it up."
Made me laugh anyway.