By Richard Cawley
Richard Murray has told some of Charlton Athletic’s staff that the club could be in new hands by the end of February.
The Addicks have been up for sale for some time with owner Roland Duchatelet publicly confirming at the end of last year that he was in talks with interested buyers.
Murray took the opportunity to address staff at the club’s Sparrows Lane training ground earlier this week when an IT workshop was being conducted.
The Charlton director – and former chairman during their Premier League heyday – did point out that timescales could shift.
Murray met with Charlton Athletic Supporters’ Trust recently and revealed a number of consortia had carried out due diligence.
Any new owner would need to pass the EFL “fit and proper person” test and supply financial guarantees that they could keep the club running for the next two seasons.
The takeover talks have impacted on Addicks boss Karl Robinson, who has been unable to make permanent signings in the January transfer window. Star winger Ricky Holmes was sold to Sheffield United in a £400,000 deal.