Charlton Athletic were once a key figure in the Premier League, especially during the early 2000’s.
The Addicks, who were led by Alan Curbishley during the early part of the millennium, had managed to go strength-to-strength on the pitch and had a number of great players in their ranks, with the likes of Darren Bent, Scott Parker and Jonatan Johansson to name a few.
In fact, ‘Curbs’ managed to lead the south London outfit to their best ever Premier League finish in the 2003/04 campaign, with The Valley club challenging for an unlikely Champions League spot for much of the first half of the season.
However, Curbishley decided to leave the club in 2006 after being unable to take them past a mid-table finish and things quickly went downhill from there on.
Iain Dowie lasted just 12 league games, whilst Les Reed was replaced just a month or so later by Alan Pardew, who then saw his side relegated to the Championship.
A moment in time: Roland Duchatelet confirmed as new Charlton owner
Fast forward to 2014 and there was finally some optimism around the club, with Roland Duchatelet being confirmed as the new owner after a successful takeover, per the BBC.
Fans were overjoyed with the news and many shared their reactions through Twitter…
@CAFCofficial fantastic news COYR
— Arti Promotions (@ArtiPromotions) January 3, 2014
— Hi I'm Chucky, Wanna Play? (@SeanLuby) January 3, 2014
@CAFCofficial hopefully great news, a new start. Big thanks to micheal slater for getting us out of league one#cafc
— Michael Costello (@cozi68) January 3, 2014
— Robert Shore (@ShoreRobert) January 3, 2014
TAKEOVER HAS BEEN COMPLETED!!! WE HAVE MONEY!!! #cafc
— Jack Young (@JCY33) 3 January 2014
So welcome to Charlton, Roland. And good luck – there's lots of work to be done. #cafc
— Valley Talk (@ValleyTalkBlog) January 3, 2014
Wahey! Now let's see where this takeover takes us; hopefully things could get very interesting… #cafc
— Sarah Smith (@smmmithy) January 3, 2014
However, as everybody knows, things did not go as planned, with key players such as Yann Kermorgant and Dale Stephens departing fairly soon after, whilst Chris Powell was sacked from his managerial position – a man who is extremely popular at The Valley.
As the years continued to go by, more key players were sold, with the likes of Joe Gomez and Ademola Lookman both moving on to big Premier League sides, with Charlton continuing to struggle and playing their football in League One.
There have been a number of protests off the field by fans about the way Duchatelet has handled their club and they have vehemently called for the Belgian to sell up and leave as quickly as is possible.
Takeover talks are thought to have taken place recently, however, there have not been any signs that anything concrete is about to happen as of yet.
The only good thing that Duchatelet may have brought to The Valley is by hiring Lee Bowyer as their manager, however, that took six months to turn into a permanent deal.
The 41-year-old, who played for the Addicks in the mid-90s, appears to have turned the ship around on the pitch as they look to try and win promotion back to the Championship and currently sit in the playoffs.
However, for Bowyer to be able to take Charlton back up the Football League ladder, the sooner Duchatelet goes the better.
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