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Could Duchatelet reap La Liga rewards with Alcorcon?

Whilst Charlton have descended from the Championship to mid table in League One under Duchatelet's ownership, his Spanish side Alcorcon, although flirting with relegation from the Spanish equivalent of the Championship (Segunda) in the first season after he took over, are, before tonight's game anyway, only 1 point off top spot having lost only only one of their 10 games and having conceded only 3 goals!

Should they get promotion to La Liga (Prima? or whatever it is called) the Madrid side will play host to their giant neighbours Real and Atletico not to mention Messi's Barcelona at their tiny 7,000 capacity stadium.

As unlikely as it maybe, should they go up then presumably this will be in spite of Duchaelet rather than because of him. Although I have no evidence whatsoever to back this up I cannot for the life of me imagine that Duchatelet treats Alcorcon any differently to Charlton with both clubs having been purchased by him at about the same time.

I am aware that Duchatelet was photographed on the pitch in 2014 at a home game and has paid for some improvements to the Santo Domingo ground but has he ever been back? Does he fund transfers? Does he take an active interest in the Club?

If the answer to the above three questions is no then I find it particularly galling that Alcorcon could potentially earn Duchatelet a nice windfall should their current form continue when in all probability he has done little to support them in a genuine and beneficial way but then I'm just a biased, bitter and twisted, anti-regime vinegar pisser.

Comments

  • Isnt the tv money in Spain horrifically skewed to the top 2-3 teams? Specifically real and Barca.

    Can’t see it making much of a profit for the douche unlike premier league football.
  • edited October 27
    Not sure about this, but I believe this article is claiming that he has actually converted loans of 5.7 million euros to Alcorcon to equity:

    https://translate.google.es/translate?hl=en&sl=es&u=https://www.palco23.com/clubes/la-ad-alcorcon-apuntala-su-futuro-tras-capitalizar-prestamos-por-57-millones.html&prev=search

    EDIT: it's probably just an accounting trick, not actually writing off the debt.
  • edited October 27

    Isnt the tv money in Spain horrifically skewed to the top 2-3 teams? Specifically real and Barca.

    Can’t see it making much of a profit for the douche unlike premier league football.

    Not any more... It seems the bottom team can make 60 million euros for the season.

    https://www.totalsportek.com/money/spanish-la-liga-new-3-year-tv-deal-worth-e2-65-billion/
  • If he does trouser a wad from this perhaps he might change his attitude to funding a Charlton push up the leagues.
  • Keep an eye on Alcorcon and have been to watch them a few times but can confirm that RD has done absolutely nothing for them apart from some improvements to the ground, and for most of his time there the fans have complained about his lack of interest or investment (sound familiar?)

    They're on a good run at the moment but with the second division doing until Mid June they're going to need a lot of momentum to keep pace with the likes of Deportivo, Malaga and Granada. They're a tiny club and promotion would be a miracle but then again in the last years Huesca, Eibar and Leganes have all gone up and are similar sized clubs. Stranger things have happened, but Alcorcon would probably be the smallest club ever to get to La Liga.
  • Duchatelet (or to be precise his son) also had success with Ujpest FC last season when they won the Hungarian Cup. This got them into the Europa League this season, their involvement in which ended in the 2nd Round when Spanish club Sevilla hit 7 goals past them.

    Otherwise agree with the comments about Alcorcon. Like a lot of European leagues (and like the Scottish Premiership, too) La Liga's top couple of clubs are utterly massive...you then get a slew of what we would regard as Championship outfits and drift down to a number that would be good quality League One sides in the UK.

  • Today's results

    Rochdale 1-0 CAFC
    MTK 1-0 Ujpest
    Tenerife 3-2 Alcorcon
    Cottbus 2-1 FCC
  • Totally disagree with the comment about the Spanish league - teams like Sevilla, Betis and Espanyol are hardly the standard of Championship teams. It's a far more open league than people who don't watch it think, as shown by the current table and some of the results this season. Comparing La Liga teams to League One level is ridiculous.

    I agree CM, but however, its always RM or Barca that win it.
    At least in the Prem you can have 4/5 teams that win it, and errrr,,,,Leicester.
  • Isnt the tv money in Spain horrifically skewed to the top 2-3 teams? Specifically real and Barca.

    Can’t see it making much of a profit for the douche unlike premier league football.

    Not any more... It seems the bottom team can make 60 million euros for the season.

    https://www.totalsportek.com/money/spanish-la-liga-new-3-year-tv-deal-worth-e2-65-billion/
    Didn't know about this. Improvement on the old system, but in following the FAPL model, where 90% of the money stays in the top league, they set clubs up for financial Armageddon on relegation. And no mention there of parachute money, (not that I like that system).

    Alcorcon are going nowhere. The only success for RD is Jena, where of course the 50+1 system has successfully limited his interference.



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  • Totally disagree with the comment about the Spanish league - teams like Sevilla, Betis and Espanyol are hardly the standard of Championship teams. It's a far more open league than people who don't watch it think, as shown by the current table and some of the results this season. Comparing La Liga teams to League One level is ridiculous.

    I agree CM, but however, its always RM or Barca that win it.
    At least in the Prem you can have 4/5 teams that win it, and errrr,,,,Leicester.
    Think we need to consider our own experience. What did O'Loughlin say in 2017? He was extremely surprised (though hee shouldn't have been) at the quality of football in the UK 3rd tier. One of the reasons for our slide under Duchatelet, particularly in 2015-16 is that he (and his back room people like Driesen) consistently under estimated how competitive UK football is compared to European football.

    In saying La Liga has at its lower level teams that wouldn't be out of place in our League One the comparison being made it with organized, capable sides like Portsmouth and a few others. Not with whoever is 24th in League One.

    And if you start going down the Spanish League system, their 2nd and 3rd tiers contain a fair number of teams that would be National/Conference outfits here.
  • Alcorcon are going nowhere, they'll soon tail off as all RD teams do once squad depth is tested.
  • Won again tonight and are top of the league, though with Granada and Malaga playing tomorrow. Whether they stay top at the end of the weekend or not they are certainly having a very impressive season.
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