Dubai-based Zabeel Investments may not be interested in buying Newcastle United any longer, and they have turned their attention to Charlton and West Ham.
It is understood they have already bid £50M for Charlton, which included taking on their current debt of £20M.
But the news today that is being reported in The People says that Dennis Wise could be in line to become Director of Football at Charlton, should the deal go through.
They are reporting that Tony Jimenez is linked with Zabeel, and was even in talks with the Zabeel chairman Mohammed Al Hashimi yesterday. Tony would become Charlton’s chief executive if the Arab takeover is successful. We’re sure that news will not delight current manager Alan Pardew.
Jimenez recently left Newcastle United as a Vice President of Recruitment.
It seems hard to see Dennis Wise staying at the Newcastle club, as he is linked with Ashley and Llambias for taking the club down to their present uncertain state, after they presumably were doing player deals without the knowledge of manager Kevin Keegan, who finally resigned.
But we have no idea if there is any truth to this story, but we would still expect Wise to leave when new owners are installed, at the latest.
However, we hope we can still have a recruitment team in place with new personnel perhaps, as long as the new manager has the last word on all player recruitment.