You can spin it through Google Translator, but if you allow me to paraphrase it for you, Peeters says he was “idolised” by fans, and he thought he had a good relationship with Katrien Meire, but they ended up in conflict. The supporters could see we needed better players, but the owner thought he was exaggerating.
Our goal was mid-table, avoid any relegation drama, and bring on the young ‘guns.’ We were achieving that, even though Peeters accepts that we were on a bad run.
Meire indicated that his job was safe leading up to the Brighton the game, so it is strange that he was sacked the next day.
The media may write that the staff didn’t get on with him, but Peeters was unaware of any issues and the press reports are not true. He wouldn’t normally say anything but what has been said isn’t right. The players and fans liked him. Some of the players are unhappy that Luzon has taken over but it is none of his business anymore.
He added that it is strange that an assistant can ultimately determine his fate.
The last sentence is interesting and would point to Damian Matthew going to Meire and maybe giving her some insight into what actually was going on amongst the players and coaching staff.
There has been talk of divides between senior players and also that Peeters, Patrick Van Houdt (Bob’s brother-in-law) and Guy Kiala would criticize players and fellow coaches in their native tongue behind backs causing conflict.
Obviously the training ground was not a happy place, but it is fair to say that Peeters still had the support of the majority of supporters. Although being “idolised” is pushing it somewhat.
Matthew has been at Charlton since 2006 and would have worked with Les Reed, Iain Dowie, Alan Pardew, Phil Parkinson, Chris Powell, Paul Hart, Jason Euell, Jose Riga and Peeters. He will have good knowledge of when something is going sideways.