Liking the cut of his jib
I quite liked what Bob Peeters had to say today. Sat in between his boss and Richard Murray, Peeters came across as eager, methodical, personable, witty and up for it.
Duchâtelet looked disinterested and was happy for Peeters to answer all the questions, except for the one about the difference between a head coach and a manager, which startled Roland into action. Meanwhile Murray happily jumped in to explain the benefit of one-year contract agreements, still aggrieved obviously, like we all are, at the £1m the club paid to say goodbye to Alan Pardew.
Peeters talked of his hopes to re-sign Michael Morrison and Diego Poyet, who is expected to return for pre-season training on Thursday even though he is a free agent. As an aside I hope Diego is reading as many articles as I am about so many of England’s blossoming young players being lost to the big clubs.
Peeters was asked a couple of different ways as to the club’s transfer policy, and he stressed that he will promote youth players and is also looking for Championship experience with several deals being worked upon. He mentioned just about every position that needed to be strengthened but appeared to take for granted that Igor Vetokele is a done deal.
17-year old Joe Gomez will join the first team for pre-season training Peeters said, although I believe the centre-back has yet to sign a pro-contract. Peeters said that Chris Solly will be fit for the new season, but his knee will be carefully managed. There was no mention of Rhoys Wiggins injury.
He laughed off suggestions of his Millwall connections and joked that he was in the hospital more than on the pitch. If nothing else he has researched our woeful record against The Lions.
I was impressed by him, and I am hoping for a passionate but big thinking manager, who will nurture the ‘Charlton spirit’ but have us play an eye-catching style. It was nice also that he borrowed Jose Riga’s suit for the occasion!
Pre-season training starts on Thursday with our first friendly 8 days later. By my reckoning seven more players need to be photographed holding the shirt on the pitch before we kick off against Brentford, even better before Peeters takes his squad to Spain for a training camp in the middle of July.
Talking of friendlies the Addicks announced today that Swindon Town will take Colchester’s place in the pre-season game on July 30th.