Katrien Meire, de facto Charlton chief executive, says that she recognises the importance of dialogue with fans, but considers reasonably enough that any discussions should be postponed until after the relegation fight has been dealt with and the preparations for next season completed: Dialogue. These tasks are more important than allaying the fears of over anxious fans.
By the way, 'dialogue' seems to a Franglais word in French. I couldn't find it in my English-French dictionary, which admittedly I bought in 1959. However, according to Google Translate, the same word is used in both languages, so that should minimise any misunderstandings.
The big question is dialogue with whom, on behalf of whom? I think that it has to be with CAS Trust which is the nearest thing to a representative organisation we have, but clearly only organises a small minority of the Addickted in terms of paid membership. Moreover, not all of them agree with the Trust's line, although in all fairness they have tried to consult extensively with their members. I am far less sceptical of the takeover than the Trust. That doesn't mean that there isn't value in finding out more about Roland's strategy.
Trust sources have asked me to point out that, 'It also has an unpaid subscriber member count of 1700 and a network of nearly 5k. Simply put it is very unlikely for a trust in our circumstance to be bigger. We are also adding online to our membership 2-3 a day which is unheard of during an inactive phase. I would also point to other Trusts who are nowhere near as successful, even ones who part own their club.' Once again I would urge anyone who is not a member to consider joining as I do not see any other effective collective voice for fans and if one doesn't agree with the Trust line, that view needs to be heard within the Trust.
Voice of the Valley is now available online, but I will purchase it in the traditional way from one of Rick Everitt's elves at The Valley tomorrow. As far as the Royal Oak group is concerned, I am reminded of Clement Attlee's remark to the troublesome Labour NEC member Professor Laski: 'A period of silence on your part would be welcome.' Nevertheless, a statement released by Rick Everitt says that Ms Meire has stated that she will also meet the Royal Oak group. The one group she will not see is fans who are relatively well disposed to the takeover!
Of course, any group of fans is entitled to come together and express a common view, although I am going to hold back from forming 'Les amis de Roland.' However, it was possibly all a little hasty in the wake of the emotions stirred up by Chris Powell's dismissal. I think that we need to focus now on the relegation battle and, after a period of calm reflection, see what concerns we have.