Abu Dhabi-based ESI takes control of Charlton Athletic

January 3 – Belgian Roland Duchatelet’s foray into English club ownership is over with the sale of English Championship side Charlton Athletic to Abu Dhabi-based consortium East Street Investments (ESI) for an undisclosed amount.

The new owners had announced in November an agreement to buy the club subject to approval by the English Football League.

“It was vital for the long-term health of Charlton Athletic that this deal was completed at the very start of the January transfer window,” said Duchatelet said in a statement on the club’s website.

“It allows the new owners to commit resources to the football side in order to bring in new players who will help secure the club’s position in the Championship.”

New club chairman Matt Southall (a former agent) added: “This is a great opportunity for ESI and we are thankful to Roland Duchatelet and his team for giving us the chance to build on such strong foundations.”

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