Well, well, well….
“Charlton Athletic can confirm that following discussions with Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder and his assistant Alan Knill over the vacant managerial role at The Valley, the club has been unable to reach an agreement.” (more)
The Chris Wilder timeline:
Two weeks ago: Chris Wilder is recommended to Roland Duchatelet. Jose Riga’s fate is sealed long before he “resigned.” Privately Roland Duchatelet has said he will bankroll a quick return to The Championship to preserve his investment and will listen to appeals to bring in a British manager and players to make a concerted push for promotion.
One week ago: Chris Wilder is flown out on a private jet to met Roland Duchatelet in Belgium. A vastly superior salary to what he is getting at Northampton was agreed, as was length of contract and the addition of assistant Alan Knill. Duchatelet was impressed with Wilder and an official approach was made to Northampton Town. Meanwhile Wilder does a lot of calling around to get the inside scoop on Charlton’s problem’s that are being played out under the national spotlight. Charlton end their season with another defeat marred by further disruption and chaos.
Monday: Compensation is agreed with Northampton and both clubs in unison announce that the parties will meet to discuss a move on their official websites.
Yesterday: Wilder and Knill meet Katrien Meire for the first time. Her job is to seal the deal and the lawyer will finalize the small print. Wilder refuses to sign a contract unless he is allowed total control over team selection and player signings. He also wants input into the appointment of a chief scout and a potential director of football if he is to be titled as head coach and not team manager. No agreement is found.
Today: Further discussions between Meire and Wilder are fruitless as Duchatelet refuses to accept Wilder’s demands for control in writing. A verbal agreement from Meire is not enough and the club announce that the deal is off.
What an embarrassment and once again the PR at the club is laughable. Why have all that play out in public? The whole football world will know why Wilder and Knill did not move and it certainly wasn’t money or a late interest from Sheffield United.
Duchatelet and Meire are a cancer and they are killing our club a day at a time.