RIGA HAS FA­MIL­IAR JOB TO TACKLE

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Joshua Richards

CHARL­TON owner Roland Duchatelet ad­mits it is time for the board to start rec­ti­fy­ing their mis­takes af­ter call­ing on Jose Riga to save the club from rel­e­ga­tion again – two years on from let­ting him go.

Riga pulled off a mir­a­cle in 2013-14, tak­ing over in March with the Ad­dicks at the bot­tom of the ta­ble be­fore fin­ish­ing the sea­son a healthy seven points clear of trou­ble.

But, in a de­ci­sion that leaves many Charl­ton fans scratch­ing their heads to this day, Riga’s ser­vices were not re­tained as Bob Peeters was ap­pointed per­ma­nently in­stead.

Riga has since man­aged Black­pool – which saw him at odds with con­tro­ver­sial owner Karl Oys­ton –Stan­dard Liege and Metz, but is likely to stick around at Charl­ton for longer this time af­ter sign­ing an 18-month con­tract.

Re­mark­ably Riga is Charl­ton’s sixth ap­point­ment in two years, with Guy Lu­zon and in­terim boss Karel Fra­eye both ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the re­volv­ing door at The Val­ley al­ready this sea­son.

And with the club cur­rently mired in an­other rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle, Duchatelet is hop­ing Riga can pull a rab­bit out of the hat once more.

“This has been a dis­ap­point­ing sea­son for ev­ery­one con­nected with Charl­ton and the board take re­spon­si­bil­ity for that,” said Duchatelet.

“Some things, like an un­prece­dented num­ber of in­juries, we could not have fore­seen. But we have also made er­rors in re­cruit­ment, mis­takes we have im­me­di­ately tried to ad­dress in Jan­uary.

“It was also cru­cial we dealt with the po­si­tion of the head coach. Jose did an ex­cel­lent job in his short pe­riod with Charl­ton two sea­sons ago.

“He was very pop­u­lar with sup­port­ers and I be­lieve that he will get us back on track. There are 20 matches of the sea­son still to play and it’s vi­tal that we bat­tle for ev­ery point.”

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