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Usmanov looking at Charlton Athletic

Friday, 07 September 2018 34comments  |  Jump to last

Newspaper reports today claiming that Alisher Usmanov is interested in rescuing Charlton Athletic in League One have been swiftly rebuffed by the Uzbek-born billionaire's camp.

Evertonians were convinced that, when the Russian oligarch finally cashed in his shares at Arsenal after a long battle with majority owner Steve Kroenke, he would invest billions in Everton... but there has, as yet, been no sign of this happening.

Now, The Mirror claims in an 'exclusive' that he is interested in Charlton whose current owner, the unpopular Roland Duchatelet, is said to want around £20 million, and is reported to have said:

“If you want to lose real money, buy a football club… Investing in football was the mistake of my life.”

Usmanov's representatives have poured cold water on the speculation, however.

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James Marshall
1 Posted 07/09/2018 at 13:17:34
So Alisher Usmanov is about to buy Charlton? Seems an odd choice to me but I get the feeling that perhaps he's quite London-centric so won't invest in us way up north.
Victor Yu
2 Posted 07/09/2018 at 15:07:58
It makes sense to him.

#1. Small investment and lots of profit return potential
#2. Stay in London
#3. He can be in control instead of being the partner of Moshiri
#4. He likes something in red perhaps?

John Keating
3 Posted 07/09/2018 at 15:46:50
No Usmanov billions... and zonal marking – nightmare!
Michael Kenrick
4 Posted 07/09/2018 at 16:22:34
Denied by Usmanov spokesman, per CNBC.

Fake News!!!

Paul Kossoff
5 Posted 07/09/2018 at 16:26:53
I always thought the Moshiri - Usmanov link was all a scam by the biggest bullshitter, blue Bill Kenwright. All to keep us real blues quiet in the dreams of billionaire owners who would take us to the promised land.

That ship sailed, unfortunately for us, with the eventual owners of Manchester City being shown the door by uncle Bill. Still here, aren't you, Bill?

And to think that some blues still believe he only had the club and its fans as the only thing that mattered, not his bank account. Thanks Bill.

Mick Davies
6 Posted 07/09/2018 at 16:35:04
James @ 1, Kenwright is London-centric too, but we can't get rid of him
Jeff Armstrong
7 Posted 07/09/2018 at 16:56:56
Fake news... Charlton being a bit like us then, wishful thinking... he'll probably buy Chelsea off his mate.
Brian Wilkinson
8 Posted 07/09/2018 at 17:19:16
Thought it was strange when the news came out.

I can see him buying into either ourselves or Newcastle, doubt he will invest in a London club.

With the funding of Finch Farm and Moshi being here, I personally think this is all down to if Moshi wants Usmanov alongside him, or if he wants to go it alone.

If Moshi approached Usmanov, I am pretty certain he would be here in a flash; what do others think?

Winston Williamson
9 Posted 07/09/2018 at 18:16:19
I’d say so Brian. However, I think he’ll firstly finance or part finance the stadium build (if it goes ahead). Probably on slightly better terms than the council’s deal.

Then perhaps he’ll buy in. I don’t expect a Man City type scenario happening. If it happens, it’ll more than likely happen gradually.

Well, that’s my interpretation of things anyway...

Gordon Crawford
10 Posted 07/09/2018 at 19:42:43
I just don’t see him wanting to play second fiddle to Moshiri. And I don’t see Moshiri handing over the reigns to his one time partner. So it’s a big no for me.
Eugene Kearney
11 Posted 07/09/2018 at 19:59:38
I have just googled Charlton. It is a "district in south east London. Located east of Greenwich and west of Woolwich. It has a population of 14,385 (2011 census).

No offence to Charlton FC fans, but would an investment such as we would imagine Mr Usmanov would make not include redeveloping a stadium to seat a minimum of 40,000 or so?

Paul Birmingham
12 Posted 07/09/2018 at 21:15:38
For me, this story is a pile of King Edwards.
Don Alexander
13 Posted 07/09/2018 at 22:00:43
Who knows if the Mirror have for once published a story with just a glimmer of credibility but it's long been my opinion that any aspiring 20 year old footballer (or older) from anywhere in Europe, or even the UK, when faced with a choice of choosing to live and work as a millionaire playing for us, or alternatively playing anywhere in London (and if Usmanov owns Charlton they'll be the southern Citteh overnight), will simply do a TripAdvisor check on the two cities. That reveals that London has more attractive places to visit, stay and eat than anywhere on the planet whilst the city of Liverpool is more or less on a par with the likes of Leeds, which is half as attractive as, erm, Hamburg.

Yes, I know that we'd all like to think that all players are well familiar with our "And if yer know, yer 'istory" mantra but the obvious reality is that millionaire 20+ footballers just don't get it. All they're interested in is getting the maximum bang for their buck on a money-no-object basis, and who can blame them?

On a more positive note I'd like that self-same observation to encourage me to have great faith in the character of those signed by M&M who have maybe decided to dispense with the dizzy heights of London (or Manchester, or Birmingham according to T'A for that matter) in order to knuckle down to play for us, a European nonentity in truth, in such a way to soon rectify that Kenwright-led lack of honours for the last 20 years.

Lev Vellene
14 Posted 07/09/2018 at 22:02:18
I think this was what the Echo quoted tonight:

"But Usmanov's press office issued an official comment this afternoon which categorically read “Alisher Usmanov is not buying Charlton Athletic football club.”

Deep breaths, now! :D

Simon Smith
15 Posted 07/09/2018 at 22:21:05
I hope to fook he buys/invests in us.
Realistically our only chance to compete.
Laurie Hartley
16 Posted 07/09/2018 at 23:39:15
Gordon (#10) – Usmanov and Moshiri were partners in Red & White Holdings so I wouldn't have thought either of them would be averse to entering into another footballing partnership.

There is also the USM Finch Farm deal to consider which would suggest that Usmanov might be willing to invest in Everton in an indirect way such as the financing of the new stadium. To my way of thinking, the big question there is whether he would want to be in partnership with the council?

My perception of the situation is that now that Brands and Silva have replaced Sam and Walsh, Everton is a much more attractive investment proposition than it was 6 months ago.

If Usmanov decides to take a punt and reinvest his £500M in football, I think he will go big in which case Everton is his best bet by a country mile. With all due respect to the Charlton fans, that deal was not going to be big or prestigious enough.

I really hope Usmanov does buy into the stadium, not only for our sake but also for the people of Liverpool, because, as soon as any stadium deal is announced, the redevelopment of the waterfront will take off and that will be a very good thing for them.

Gordon Crawford
17 Posted 08/09/2018 at 00:29:33
I get what you're saying, Laurie, but sometimes partners want to go it alone. Yes, he has some money in Finch Farm, but I think that's his lot. I hope I'm wrong.
Colin Glassar
18 Posted 08/09/2018 at 06:25:02
I believe Usmanov will be coming on board later in the year. A prudent gap between selling his Arsenal shares and buying us was always to be expected. There was/is no way he was going to disrespect his Arsenal fans by making an immediate move to buy Everton.

As for the rubbish about him being London-centric, well he’s not obliged to live in Toxteth is he? The owner of Man City has only ever visited the city once and they’re not to worried are they?

Victor Yu
19 Posted 08/09/2018 at 06:38:49
He loves to be in control.

I still don't see how he would be satisfied as a 'partner' instead of the 'controller'.

Steve Brown
20 Posted 08/09/2018 at 07:13:04
Maybe naive but I have always thought Moshiri buying 49.9% of club shares was strange. I am backing Colin Glassar in this!
John G Davies
21 Posted 08/09/2018 at 07:34:38
What's wrong with Toxteth, Colin?
Martin Berry
22 Posted 08/09/2018 at 08:54:31
One way or another, he will be helping or financing Everton, even if it's only through supplying the girders for the new stadium.

Savvy businessmen keep savvy and he will do things in his own way, but he wants to be involved in a football club. When he does it, he will do it and not disclose his cards initially to us mere mortals. Just wait and see...

Alan J Thompson
23 Posted 08/09/2018 at 11:29:53
Who cares, what we really need is an original and capable coach. At the moment, I've yet to see if the present one is not just someone trying to copy more successful manager/coaches, a bit like the bloke who sent off for the Charles Atlas course but the legs part hasn't arrived yet. Has it gone the beginning of August yet?
Brian Wilkinson
24 Posted 08/09/2018 at 16:04:42
He’s only been here a few months AJ, how long did it take Howard Kendall mk1 to get the right players and formation and tactics, certainly not 5 games that’s for sure.

We complained about the left back spot, he sorted that by bringing Digmi in, we complained about the centre backs, he brought Mina and Zouma in, we complained about lack attacking options in, he has brought Richarlison, Bernard and Gomes in.

We cried out to keep hold of Lookman, he kept hold of the player.

We complained about our sideways football, he has brought attacking football to the club.

We had a lot of deadwood, he has shifted quite a bit of it out.

The only thing he has not got right yet is the Zonal marking, which he is working on.

I would give the guy some slack and time before crucifying the guy after half a dozen games in charge.

John G Davies
25 Posted 08/09/2018 at 17:45:06
Brian 24,

Very good post.
A little too sensible for the tastes of some on TW though.

Brian Wilkinson
26 Posted 08/09/2018 at 18:28:23
Cheers John, I felt my knees crack as I climbed back down from my soapbox.

Football is looking much better to watch these days at Goodison.

Eugene Kearney
27 Posted 08/09/2018 at 18:30:23
Thanks Brian #24.
Derek Taylor
28 Posted 08/09/2018 at 18:57:44
Brian above, you have a point but what Howard Kendall did in the last century has absolutely no relevance to our present situation.

Unless Silva sorts out our defence, he's done for – just like those before him.

Brian Wilkinson
29 Posted 08/09/2018 at 21:00:43
Okay, Derek, I will take Kendall out of this. Mina, Zouma and Digne for me will be the nucleus of our back line along with Kenny and possibly Holgate and Keane in the rotating system.

Zouma has only just in the past week come into the team, same as Digni.

Until we are able to start with Digni, Mina and Zouma, then it will be a work in progress.

Once those start regular and we are still struggling defence wise, then the time to start worrying.

We have had a free week this week, next week should show if the additional training and working on the zonal marking has paid dividends.

Until we have a settled back line, it will take a little time for a new system for the players.

Let's not forget we have had Jags suspended, followed by Keane injured, that's bound to disrupt a defence.

I agree, as I said in my previous post, the tactics of defence needs working on but I am prepared to give it a little longer before I start worrying.

Alan J Thompson
30 Posted 09/09/2018 at 16:13:39
Brian (#24); I think it took as long as it took to appoint Colin Harvey as his assistant.
Len Hawkins
31 Posted 09/09/2018 at 16:56:34
I'm with Colin (#18) on this I don't think he would rub Arsenal up the wrong way by buying another club straight away. But I do think he would want any club he bought to show Kroenke what he's about by finishing above Arsenal on a regular basis.

Here's hoping, by the way has Usmanov got anything to do with Moshiri's dealings with the Liver Building?

Brian Williams
32 Posted 09/09/2018 at 18:13:24
I somehow just can't see Usmanov giving a monkey's about rubbing Arsenal up the wrong way. Quite the opposite, in fact!
David Israel
33 Posted 10/09/2018 at 20:29:02
As usual, the Mirror has got it all wrong: old Alisher is hesitating between Tranmere Rovers and Southport, not bloody Charlton Athletic.
Rick Pattinson
34 Posted 11/09/2018 at 07:36:53
I looked at Charlton once and yep... that was it.

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