Roland Duchatelet EXCLUSIVE: Charlton owner admits he feels ‘guilty’ over fan treatment since he purchased the club in 2014

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HE SPEAKS

The Belgian millionaire businessman admits his errors and apologises for his lack of communication with supporters

Charlton owner Roland Duchatelet has admitted he feels ‘guilty’ over the way supporters have been treated during his spell in charge of the club.

In a rare interview with talkSPORT host Jim White, the Belgian millionaire admitted his errors and apologised to fans for his and the club’s lack of communication.

Charlton have endured nothing but misery since Duchatelet bought the London club in 2014.

Once Premier League regulars, and regarded as a model on how to run a smaller club in the top flight, the Addicks have dropped to League One and have seen ten managers come and go in his four-and-a-half years in charge.

There is chaos behind the scenes, too, with the EFL seeking talks with the owner over a row with staff about unpaid bonuses and other cost-cutting measures.

Supporters have been campaigning for their absent owner – who has not been to a game in FOUR YEARS and admits he rarely speaks to manager Lee Bowyer – to leave for the majority of his time in charge.

Charlton fans protest against their absent owner

Charlton fans protest against their absent owner

And in an honest and open interview with talkSPORT, Duchatelet conceded he had made mistakes during his tenure at the Valley.

He also revealed buyers are still interested in the club and that he would happily walk away from Charlton THIS YEAR, if they gain promotion back to the Championship.

Speaking to Jim White he said: “I am, in fact, very sad for the fans, because it could have been another story.

“I feel guilty because we didn’t inform them properly about what was going on.

“For the fans, it’s very sad, because Charlton is their life.

‘Roland out’ posters are a regular sight at the Valley

‘Roland out’ posters are a regular sight at the Valley

“But, for me, Charlton is something which I was interested in and I funded and, OK I lost some money, but it’s not my life

“And in that sense it’s a sad thing, because the fans suffer more than I do.

“Certainly we made some mistakes, and the big, big issue is we failed to communicate well with our fans.”

Listen to Jim White’s full interview with Charlton owner Roland Duchatelet only on talkSPORT on Tuesday – tune in from 10am!

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