Charlton facing uncertain future
Charlton facing uncertain future

D-Day is fast approaching for Tahnoon Nimer. He has pledged to inject funds into the club to cover it’s running costs, but thus far there has been no sign of them.

With bills and staff salaries to be paid next week, Nimer needs to make funds available quickly.

Rumours are gathering pace on social media that the club is about to change hands. Marian Mihail’s weekly Question and answer question with the Supporters Trust could be revealing. One thing is certain; by this time next week we will know what Nimer’s intentions are.

Meanwhile the EFL issued the following statement on Thursday:

  1. Resuming the 2019/20 season with the existing format remains the most appropriate course of action from a sporting integrity perspective, but the Board accepts there are circumstances that may lead to curtailment, (as has been demonstrated with League Two) or a situation subsequently transpires whereby the season is unable to conclude. 
  2. This means that in the event of an early curtailment: 
    1. Final divisional placings should be determined on unweighted points per game (if required).
    2. Promotion and relegation should be retained.
    3. Play-Offs should be played in all circumstances but should not be extended (beyond four teams). 
  3. If a scenario arises whereby the Play-Offs cannot be played, the EFL Board will determine the appropriate course of action.
  4. The Board considers that the majority required to curtail the 2019/20 Season in any division should be 51%. Determining whether or not to curtail the season is a decision for each division to take. 
  5. The principle of relegation across all three divisions is integral to the integrity of the pyramid, from the Premier League down to the National League, provided we have assurances that the National League will start Season 2020/21 (i.e. the relegated Club in League Two has somewhere to play).
  6. Any regulatory solution should be relevant and specific to the current challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak and reach a conclusion that is clear and effective with the impact and justifications easy for all stakeholders to understand.

EFL Chairman, Rick Parry, added: 

“In the event a divisional decision is made to curtail the 2019/20 season, the EFL Board is recommending that the League adopts the original framework with the amendments as identified, as there is a strong desire to remain as faithful as possible to the regulations and ensure there is consistency in the approach adopted across the EFL in all divisions.”The Board has always acknowledged that a single solution to satisfy all clubs would always be hard to find, but we are at the point now where strong, definitive action is need for the good of the League and its members.”

A points-per-game system would relegate Charlton. The Addicks’ only hope of survival is for the season to be played to a conclusion.

The players are due to return to training next week but there seem to be insurmountable hurdles to be crossed if the Championship is to be resumed.

The immediate future does not look bright for Lee Bowyer’s team.