Charlton takeover update: Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman ‘walks away’ from Roland Duchatelet talks

2 Jul

Mehmet Dalman’s proposed takeover of Charlton has collapsed, according to reports.

The Cardiff chairman had been the favourite to end Roland Duchatelet’s miserable five-year reign at The Valley.

Mehmet Dalman appears to have run out of patience with Roland Duchatelet

However, the Evening Standard say he has walked away from talks with the maligned Addicks owner.

Duchatelet is believed to have upped his asking price to £50million following Charlton’s promotion to the Championship in May.

It is understood ‘complexities’ involved in a takeover deal, which include paying £7million to seven former Charlton directors should the club return to the Premier League, has led to Dalman calling it quits.

Duchatelet has been trying to sell the Addicks for the past two years, but his inflated asking price has always been an issue.

Charlton's controversial owner Roland Duchatelet breaks silence to tell talkSPORT: 'These protests have no reason'
Charlton fans are desperate for Roland Duchatelet to sell the club

An Australian consortium, led by Andrew Muir and Gerard Murphy, remain keen, while a group in Europe have shown an interest.

Muir and Murphy were allegedly close to striking a deal with Duchatelet for around £33million in May, but investors struggled to secure sufficient funds.

Last month, Duchatelet infuriated Charlton fans after the club released a statement saying they had failed to come to an agreement with popular manager Lee Bowyer over a new contract.

However, less than 24 hours later, Bowyer signed a new one-year deal to remain with the Addicks.

Charlton, who are operating on the smallest budget in the Championship due to Duchatelet’s cutbacks, completed a double swoop for MK Dons star Chuks Aneke and Bristol Rovers captain Tom Lockyer last week.

The pair signed two-year deals to follow Leyton Orient talisman Macauley Bonne through the door in SE7.

Family of Emiliano Sala will be in the stands for Arsenal vs Cardiff match, says Bluebirds chairman Mehmet Dalman

29 Jan

The family of missing Emiliano Sala will be in attendance for Cardiff City’s Premier League game at Arsenal, chairman Mehmet Dalman has told talkSPORT.

The Bluebirds face the Gunners on Tuesday night in their first match since the disappearance of their record signing last week.

Flowers and scarves are laid outside Cardiff’s home ground in tribute to Sala

Sala and pilot David Ibbotson have been missing since last Monday when their plane vanished from radar near Guernsey.

A three-day search of the English channel was called off on Thursday, but a privately-funded search has since begun following pleas from Sala’s sister and donations from all over the world, including from some of the biggest names in football.

Cardiff plan to honour the Argentine striker by wearing daffodils on their shirts during the game, and chairman Dalman has revealed Sala’s family have also been invited.

Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White on Tuesday afternoon, the Cardiff chief said: “My heart goes out to the family, who I hope to see tonight.

“I believe they will be there, I look forward to being able to see them personally myself.

“We still have hope but every day, every hour that goes past that hope begins to fade and somewhere along the line we have to face reality.

“But we still have hope and we’re still praying, so lets see what it brings.”

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock has been left stunned by the events surrounding Sala’s disappearance

In an emotional press conference on Monday, Cardiff manager Neil Warnock described this past week as ‘the hardest of my career by an absolute mile’.

The veteran boss also admitted he has considered retirement following the traumatic events, saying: “I think nearly 24 hours a day in the last week, that would be true to say.

“Even as I sit here now, I think that would be [true]. There are more important things. It takes something like this to make you realise.”

It had also been questioned whether Cardiff would look to postpone the game against Arsenal in light of Sala’s disappearance.

But Dalman has insisted the club never considered not playing against the Gunners, and also said he and Warnock have not spoken the possibility of him leaving the club.

“It’s been a difficult week,” he added.

Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman with CEO Ken Choo

“No one has had such an experience before, the manager has never seen anything like this. It really has touched the core of the club.

“As for tonight, I really don’t know what to expect. Arsenal have been super and very helpful.

“It never crossed my mind not to play the game, and nor should it. At the end of the day the team are professional and they need to get on with it.

“I’m hoping when the whistle goes the game starts, because that’s what football players do and that’s what Sala would have done and would want us to do.

“Clearly Neil is human and hits has effected him, it’s clear for everyone to see, but we’ve had no such discussions [about the possibility of him leaving]. As I said to him the other day, we are not going to have that discussion. We need to get on with doing what we do, and this is play football matches.”

Listen back to talkSPORT’s interview with Cardiff City chairman Mehmet Dalman above