A former Charlton player has rounded on under-fire Addicks owner, calling the Belgian’s vision for the club “deluded”.
Yann Kermorgant scored 32 goals in 96 appearances for Charlton and helped the Addicks win the League One title in 2012. He was moved out the club in January 2014.
Kermorgant wanted to stay but found the new owners, headed by Roland Duchatelet, “had a vision which, for me, was completely deluded”.
He said: “I think they have wasted the club. They didn’t know too much about football. I felt like they were wrong and they would be in trouble because football is different to business.
“The club and the fans are great. It’s a nice, family club and to see what they have done is very annoying.”
He returns to the Valley with his new club Reading on Saturday (February 27) where there are more protests planned against the management. The Campaign Against Roland Duchatelet (Card) is hoping a larger crowd, drawn by discount tickets, will make their regular post-match protests more voluble.
Those fans are continuing their protests against the ownership as Charlton are cut adrift at the bottom of the Championship. The latest move from Card is a boycott of 2016/17 season tickets.
Card says that in a sample of current season ticket holders 70% were unlikely to renew their seats before the spring deadline
In a statement, Card said: “On these numbers there is roughly £1.5million in net ticket revenue at stake here.
“Of course Card would prefer not to see that kind of damage inflicted on the club but we see it as the lesser of two evils, while many simply feel they no longer enjoy watching Charlton under the current regime.”
Card is urging all supporters to delay buying season tickets “when Charlton’s future – including whether or not the current ownership has genuinely addressed fans’ continuing concerns – will be clearer”.