RIGA HAS FAMILIAR JOB TO TACKLE
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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