Monday, 3 March 2014

BBC stirs the pot

In order to promote its Late Kick Off show, the BBC is trying to make something of Roland Duchâtelet's acquisition of Charlton. They have been trying to attract critical comments from the Addickted on Twitter. Most of this article is a rehash of what we knew already from Roland's video interviews, although there is an interesting quote from Belgium which suggests that Roland has a 'capital city' strategy (bear in mind that Liège is the capital of Wallonia, which enjoys a high degree of autonomy under the Belgian constitution): Late Kick Off

If I was Katrien, I would keep a close eye on this programme and, if necessary, use her legal skills to fire off a letter to the BBC.

7 comments:

Blackheath Addicted said...

On what basis Wyn? Are the reported quotes inaccurate?

Boneyboy said...

The summary of the "story" shown on the 1.30 local news was that Charlton could loose its best player to SL. The assumptions made were:
- that SL sits at the top of hierarchy of clubs, so will have first call on the talent.
- that Charlton has, or will have players good enough for SL and the Champions league.
I don't think there is anything in this that we didn't already know, but the suggestion that Charlton would loose its best players to SL was pure speculation.

Anonymous said...

It seems to me the BBC are saying no more than many other supporters of RD's clubs. The more they try to tease something out of him other than his rather vague and unconvincing generalisations, the better.

Wyn Grant said...

@Blackheath I think the quotes are taken out of context which is a typical media ploy. I am not sure that the person from SL is authorised to speak on RD's behalf and might benefit from some media training.

Blackheath Addicted said...

Wyn, we know the ploys and for sure the Beeb has an interest in getting an angle for a programme while the SL guy has his own interests. Also, if English isn't your first language, even if your command of it is (very) good it's easy to use a word in not right for the context or even misuse one (I like Draghi's conferences for this). I still don't like it (but think you already knew that!).

Dave said...

I haven't seen the article yet but have guessed this is a re-hash looking for some reaction to a non-story. Not sure why losing our better players to SL would be so much of a problem as long as we were compensated properly. After all, the last two to leave ended up at Bournemouth and Brighton.

Sciurus Carolinensis Nemesis said...

There's absolutely nothing in this. How many players do we have of champions league standard? We struggle to regularly assemble a championship standard 11. If for example Cousins or Poyet continue to progress and RD thinks they might attract decent fees, then some supposed "interest" from Standard Liege would be the perfect stimulus for some elevated bids from outside the group. The multi-team conglomerate only works as a profitable exercise if transfer fees come in from outside the project, moving players around between SE7 and Liege doesn;t generate any funds. RD's no mug he certainly raised plenty of money selling belgians to English premier league sides. Charlton will continue to have to sell their better players when offers come in so nothing's any worse - in fact RD's multi-team conglomerate spreads the risk and introduces a hitherto unknown level of stability, stability that comes with no need for cash outflow from Charlton itself.