Will it be anyone else other than Luzon?
I was quite expecting no further comment from the club yesterday, until late in the day Katrien Meire did follow up with comments on cafc.co.uk.
Meire said that the decision was only taken after the game on Saturday, which seems both unlikely and a little too impetuous. I don’t believe her, nor does Bob, especially knowing of recent informed reports from the Israeli media about Guy Luzon, and the fact that Karel Faraeye was at the Cardiff game, but after her comments in the programme on Saturday, I expect Roland Duchâtelet allowed her, a lawyer, to choose her own words.
It doesn’t matter now, what does is who is appointed next as the 4th manager/head coach in 10 months.
The current Sky Bet odds are as follows:
Guy Luzon 1/5
Karel Fraeye 6/1
Dougie Freedman 7/1
Alan Curbishley 12/1
Jose Riga 12/1
Brian McDermott 33/1
Damian Matthew 33/1
Peter Taylor 33/1
Roy Keane 33/1
Rene Meulensteen 33/1
Martin Jol 40/1
Paolo Di Canio 40/1
Curbs’ odds fell dramatically yesterday after he said on Sky that he would be interested and fuelled by hopeful Addicks his odds dropped, whilst Luzon’s went out. That has changed this morning with Sky Sports reporting that “Charlton Athletic are set to hold talks with Guy Luzon today.” (more)
In my mind this is going to be the most one-sided next manager contest ever, but yesterday Meire held out an olive branch of belief that the club will take their time and may well choose a man from outside of the network, even potentially allowing Damian Matthews and Ben Roberts a longer opportunity to settle the squad down.
Matthews and Roberts would be a gamble, but no more than Guy Luzon. They are liked by the players, have Charlton in their veins and Matthews pretty much brought all of those ‘young guns’ through the academy himself and if they could steady the ship and achieve a mid-table finish, then Duchâtelet’s objective could be met, and he could review the role again in the summer.
Sadly, the talent pool of out of work managers is shallow. No one listed above or that is available appeals. However Nathan Jones would definitely be on my radar, and would, I think, be a progressive appointment. Rene Meulensteen’s name also jumps out at me.
Meulensteen speaks Flemish, is more than accomplished as a coach and has more medals on his bedside table than most coaches can ever dream off. I always like listening to his ideas on Radio 5 Live when he is on there and both Meulensteen and Jones play the game ‘the right way.’
Like many other Addicks, I would be very happy with a José Riga return, to finish the job he started. Riga won more games than both Powell and Peeters did in the last season and a half, in less games, and certainly with a less talented squad than Peeters.
Curbishley I am not keen on. Beyond the romance, the emotion and the headlines, I just think he has been out of the game, out of The Championship, far too long. Plus it is irrelevant anyway, because there is absolutely no way Curbs would work within Roland Duchâtelet’s parameters. Tony Pulis convinced West Brom to change their orientation for the good of the club and it’s supporters. Duchâtelet won’t.
Guy Luzon then, the long ball merchant with a strange character trait, who speaks limited English, and was fired by Duchâtelet at Standard Liege in October, because they were 3 points off relegation. This is the equivalent of Arsenal being in a relegation struggle.
Standard’s fans rioted to get rid off Luzon, who had fallen out with all manner of players including Yoni Buyens and Frederic Bulot, but remains on the network payroll.
They think we’re stupid don’t they?