Thursday 4 June 2020

British pair swoop for Charlton

Former Charlton chief executive Peter Varney and investor Andrew Barclay have made an offer for Charlton including the training ground and stadium.   The news is revealed in a Voice of the Valley exclusive by editor Rick Everitt:

The Rickster was writing from his Ramsgate fastness.  He formerly worked with Varney at The Valley on projects such as the Rickshaw.   There has been speculation that they have remained in contact despite occasional differences of opinion when they were working together.

Peter Varney is respected and liked by Charlton fans from the Premier League era, including me, even if he did reprimand me once (justifiably)!

Work has been proceeding on an offer for a number of weeks but East Street Investments have proved elusive.  According to one source, Barclay's interest was known about by a few people in March.

According to the report Barclay 'has funds of his own after a career investing in technology companies and real estate. In 2018 he sold a stake in the online estate agent YOPA, which he co-founded in 2014 and is now the second largest estate agent in the country. '   

Rick Everitt has recently tweeted: 'Marian Mihail has now claimed that the first “the club” knew of Varney’s approach was through my VOTV article yesterday. Yet I know Nimer’s lawyer Chris Farnell has been in contact with Varney for weeks. How very strange...'

Marian Mihail is taking the line that Varney has missed the bus and he is not referring to the symbolic Rickshaw he took from Sevenoaks to The Valley:

It is clear to me that the current owners of Charlton have an agenda of their own.  It is all reminiscent of Roland's claim that he thought that Varney wanted to buy a billboard at The Valley.


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