Santiago, Chile: At a time when fans have many evident concerns about the direction of the club, the move by former supporters´ director Ben Hayes to convene a supporters´ trust is clearly a constructive one. The protracted takeover saga has been a strain for fans, although there are some indications that there may be an announcement next week. Indeed, the official site has confirmed that a takeover is in progress. It's a bland statement, but considerations of confidentiality limit what can be said.
However, I do think that the unique atmosphere of the fight to return to The Valley and to re-build the club can never be re-created. As a League 1 club, the same level of communication resources are not available as in the past. I do not think that there will be a special relationship between the board and Charlton fans in the future.
Tomorrow Charlton face the challenge of an away match at Forest Green Rovers who recently secured a 5-0 defeat of Malmesbury Victoria. Stuart Fleetwood and Jose Semedo are expected to feature in a youthful Charlton side. Hopefully over the next few weeks we can start to focus on what happens on the pitch.