Riga gone. Peeters in
A lot of drawing the dots this morning especially in Belgium where a number of good sources are reporting that Waasland-Beveren manager Bob Peeters has agreed to become the next manager of Charlton with Jose Riga moving back to AC Milan as Technical Director, the role he left to join us in March.
It is said that Riga is unhappy about not being offered the full time job at Charlton. He was quoted in a Belgium newspaper as saying “I do not imagine for a moment that it stops this way , so brutally. Without bragging on my part, including supporters, we had been very satisfied with the good turn of events and the work I could do in a competition that I had a lot of fun to discover. Now, to know why I have no voice, it remains a total mystery to me.”
This is exceptionally disappointing and shows Duchatelet’s cut throat nature, not to mention some poor man-management skills. Peeters is under contract with Waasland-Beveren until June 2015, so compensation will have to be agreed, although Waasland-Beveren have made a statement that they are “unpleasantly surprised by the reports in the press and if these rumours are correct, the negotiations were conducted without prior authorization for him.”
As for Bob Peeters, Millwall fans will remember him well, mostly as a comedy figure. The 6ft 5in striker played at The Den for two seasons scoring 3 goals. He spent the bulk of his playing career at Lierse and won 13 caps for Belgium.
However it is his coaching career that we need be more interested in and on paper it isn’t too clever. He joined Waasland-Bevern in November and finished 3rd from bottom, only missing out on relegation by 4 points. Peeters has won just one of his last 10 games!
Before Waasland-Bevern Peeters managed Gent where in the 11 games he was in charge they never won. He was sacked in January 2013 and out of work until he went to Beveren.
He was much better in his first job at Cercle Brugge, and gained a decent reputation. Strangely despite the stats, Belgium journalists and followers of the Jupiler League unanimously speak very highly of his coaching ability and reputation with supporters at Waasland-Beveren.
We had heard previously that the man Duchetelet wanted was already in employment and that nothing would happen until their countries season was over. Belgium was the obvious place to look and that man looks more like Bob Peeters, with the BBC reporting it as well now.