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Sale rumours at Charlton

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Following rumours that a sale of Charlton Athletic might be close, a statement from the club has said that it is not for sale 'at the present time' which does not mean that it could not be available next week.

Former Liverpool striker and football consultant Ronnie Rosenthal was reported to be advising an interested consortium and is said to have been shown round The Valley.

In an interview with BBC Radio London, Richard Cawley of the South London Press said that he had thought there had been a softening of stance by Roland Duchatelet. Previously the sale price had been £50m with Duchatelet hoping to recoup his purchase price and the money he had put in since then. Although he was not ready to drop to a specific figure, he was prepared to listen and those interested needed to make an offer. It did not mean that something was going to happen imminently.

Cawley thought that a combination of factors had affected the thinking of the unpopular Belgian owner. He had hoped that appointing a British manager and players would allow the club to challenge this season, but that had not happened. Falling attendances at The Valley were having an impact, as had the demonstrations staged by Charlton supporters on his doorstep in Belgium.