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Thomas Sandgaard confirms takeover of Charlton Athletic: ‘Three to five years, Premier League’
Charlton Athletic fans have been through emotions no football supporter should ever have to experience. The threat of their club fading away was steadily becoming a reality.
However, the Addicks faithful can now rest much easier, as it was confirmed on Friday afternoon that ‘guitar and football’ loving Colorado-based business tycoon Thomas Sandgaard had become the new owner of the club.
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The deal proved a difficult one, and former owner Roland Duchatelet continues to own The Valley stadium and training ground. Both, though, have been rented to Sandgaard for the next 15 years.
In an interview with talkSPORT, Sandgaard explained: “Im very happy to announce to all the fans we are finally done and I am now the owner of Charlton Athletic. I am so happy.”
It is one of the biggest days of my life. It is up there with when my two kids were born.
The support I have got from the fans through this whole process has been unbelievable.
Charlton were relegated from the Premier League in 2007, and have struggled to regain their footing ever since.
Like many fallen Premier League regulars of the past, the Championship can swallow up even the biggest of sides. Sunderland were beaten by Charlton to secure promotion back to the 2nd tier in 2019, and the likes of Bolton, Ipswich, Portsmouth and Wigan Athletic have all suffered similar hardships.
An unfortunate end to the final day of the 2019/20 league campaign saw Charlton relegated for the third time since their drop to the Championship nearly a decade and a half ago.
However, ambitious words from The Addicks’ new owner should spark hope amongst supporters:
I want to bring this club back to what it used to be, promised Sandgaard.
It might take some time but I am willing to invest what it takes. We have some players lined up that, with the embargo lifted, we will get signed up.
Myself and Lee Bowyer are totally on the same page. We have spoken many times about the team and what needs to be done. I really like his style. He is one of the calmest people I know.
What he has gone through here, it has been a really difficult job. I have a lot of respect for Lee and I am 100 per cent confident that he can take us to the level the club used to play at.
I will not let the fans down, I can promise them that.
Sandgaard was asked how he sees the future plan for the club taking shape:
Three to five years, Premier League, then less than ten years that we are solid, at least mid table,” he remarked.
And in 15 years, I want to make sure this club is one of the best clubs and always playing European football. That is my goal.
Strong words. Only time will tell if the ambitious plan becomes a reality.