Charl­ton boss Guy Lu­zon is con­fi­dent he can win the fans over

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Steph Brawn

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.

De­fi­ant

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.”

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FAITH: Charl­ton manager Guy Lu­zon is con­fi­dent he can turn the club’s for­tunes around

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