Belgian tycoon Roland Duchatelet completes Charlton takeover
PUBLISHED: 11:00 06 January 2014 | UPDATED: 11:00 06 January 2014
The takeover of Charlton by Belgian businessman Roland Duchatelet was completed last week.
The 67-year-old’s company, Staprix NV, will take on 100 per cent of the club’s shares - subject to final legal formalities.
Outgoing chairman Michael Slater will step down from the board of directors, and former Addicks chairman Richard Murray will enter as non-executive chairman.
Duchatelet made his fortune in electronics, and owns a number of clubs across Europe - including Belgian side Standard Liege.
His takeover comes after the collapse of a proposed purchase of Charlton by American tycoon Josh Harris - owner of NBA side Philadelphia 76ers.
The purchase comes as Chris Powell’s men sit 19th in the Championship, just three points clear of the relegation zone after a 1-1 away draw with Ipswich last week.
Hoping to bolster the squad for the second half of the season, Powell welcomed midfielder Astrit Ajdarevic to the club on a six month loan deal from Standard Liege on Friday - the same day of Duchatelet’s takeover.
After their midweek FA Cup tie against Oxford United, The Addicks welcome Barnsley to The Valley on Saturday at 3pm.