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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1 Posted 07/09/2018 at 13:17:34
2 Posted 07/09/2018 at 15:07:58
#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?
3 Posted 07/09/2018 at 15:46:50
4 Posted 07/09/2018 at 16:22:34
5 Posted 07/09/2018 at 16:26:53
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.
6 Posted 07/09/2018 at 16:35:04
7 Posted 07/09/2018 at 16:56:56
8 Posted 07/09/2018 at 17:19:16
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?
9 Posted 07/09/2018 at 18:16:19
Then perhaps hell buy in. I dont expect a Man City type scenario happening. If it happens, itll more than likely happen gradually.
Well, thats my interpretation of things anyway...
10 Posted 07/09/2018 at 19:42:43
11 Posted 07/09/2018 at 19:59:38
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?
12 Posted 07/09/2018 at 21:15:38
13 Posted 07/09/2018 at 22:00:43
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.
14 Posted 07/09/2018 at 22:02:18
"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
15 Posted 07/09/2018 at 22:21:05
Realistically our only chance to compete.
16 Posted 07/09/2018 at 23:39:15
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.
17 Posted 08/09/2018 at 00:29:33
18 Posted 08/09/2018 at 06:25:02
As for the rubbish about him being London-centric, well hes not obliged to live in Toxteth is he? The owner of Man City has only ever visited the city once and theyre not to worried are they?
19 Posted 08/09/2018 at 06:38:49
I still don't see how he would be satisfied as a 'partner' instead of the 'controller'.
20 Posted 08/09/2018 at 07:13:04
21 Posted 08/09/2018 at 07:34:38
22 Posted 08/09/2018 at 08:54:31
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...
23 Posted 08/09/2018 at 11:29:53
24 Posted 08/09/2018 at 16:04:42
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.
25 Posted 08/09/2018 at 17:45:06
Very good post.
A little too sensible for the tastes of some on TW though.
26 Posted 08/09/2018 at 18:28:23
Football is looking much better to watch these days at Goodison.
27 Posted 08/09/2018 at 18:30:23
28 Posted 08/09/2018 at 18:57:44
Unless Silva sorts out our defence, he's done for – just like those before him.
29 Posted 08/09/2018 at 21:00:43
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.
30 Posted 09/09/2018 at 16:13:39
31 Posted 09/09/2018 at 16:56:34
Here's hoping, by the way has Usmanov got anything to do with Moshiri's dealings with the Liver Building?
32 Posted 09/09/2018 at 18:13:24
33 Posted 10/09/2018 at 20:29:02
34 Posted 11/09/2018 at 07:36:53
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