Charlton boss Guy Luzon is confident he can win the fans over
ONE month into his new job and the Charlton fans are already on the back of manager Guy Luzon – but he insists he’s not worried.
He was always likely to be up against it from the off, after accepting a job from a man who had dished out his P45 just three months previously at Standard Liege.
Luzon’s sacking there followed riots from the Belgian club’s fans, prompting owner Roland Duchatelet – who counts Charlton and Standard among his portfolio of clubs – to quickly dismiss the Israeli.
While the Valley faithful are yet to begin throwing their seats in dismay, two points from four games ahead of yesterday’s visit from London rivals Brentford – who have managerial issues of their own – has not endeared Luzon to those in the red corner of south London.
Yet the 39-year-old stands defiant, confident in his own ability to quickly alter the fans’ view of him, just as he has Duchatelet’s.
“When I arrived in Belgium some of the people didn’t think I was experienced in Belgian football, but in my first year there we did well,” said Luzon, who guided Standard to second place last term and Champions League qualification before all his good work unravelled.
“If you have the knowledge and you have the confidence about your quality you won’t have any problems whether you’ve coached in Italy, England or Belgium.
“Mr Duchatelet sacked me because in my second year at Standard Liege we replaced all the players and we knew that we needed time to improve the team because it was totally new. But Standard Liege is a big club and the fans did not have the patience to wait.
“We have a good relationship and if he didn’t trust me I wouldn’t be here, but he seems to trust me and he knows my quality and that is why I am here.
“I don’t feel under pressure. I’ve only been at the club for a few weeks. We don’t need to think about my position, my position is not important, it is important that the team collect points and we get that higher position in the table.”
Luzon signed an 18-month deal to succeed man mountain Bob Peeters at the helm and cites former Chelsea boss Avram Grant as his “inspira- tion” Luzon holds the current Ghana coach in high esteem.
“Avram is my friend as he is from the same city, Petah Tikva, and he was the first Israeli coach in the Premier League,” said Luzon.
“Of course he did a fantastic job then and now, of course, as coach of Ghana.
“He has his career and I have mine and of course he’s an inspiration.”
FAITH: Charlton manager Guy Luzon is confident he can turn the club’s fortunes around