Phil Parkinson talked again today
about his frustration towards the longest takeover in history. Still whispers are being heard of two current directors wanting a return on their investment, not just their loans. One can presume the new investors want to allocate funds towards the future of the club and not the past. It is close to 4 months since Peter Varney brought a group of businessmen to the table, in the meantime non-playing employees have been sacrificed, money has been raised via player sales and wages have been saved from players moving on and yet Parkinson has taken the team to the top of a fledgling league table.
We have to accept though that money raised has only helped to keep the club in operation and avoid administration. If there is uncertainty now then without a slightest doubt a takeover, this or any other, not happening will propel us much further down the road of precariousness.
Parkinson has made it pretty obvious that he only wants Yassin Moutaouakil to move on and he wants to add to the squad, with a centre-half and a left sided midfielder viewed as essential. There are five days left until the transfer deadline and I like this comment from Parkinson: "If we can't bring anyone in, then we will have to move on, and perhaps go down the loan route. We don't want to do that, because we want to get our own players in the building."
Nevertheless beggars cannot be choosers, and our cap is firmly placed outside in Harvey Gardens at the moment and what could happen is the unthinkable that other clubs come knocking (harder) on the current board's door with offers for some of the players that have given us such a great start. Offers of money that they feel they need for survival.
The takeover talks have been in motion for so long that I would hope much benevolence has been developed, particularly between men with Charlton in their hearts. Let's make this takeover happen gentlemen.