Karel Fraeye is the mark of insanity
To the surprise of no one the South London Press appear to think that Roland Duchatelet will once again ignore any semblence of common sense and install Belgian network patsy Karel Fraeye at The Valley this week, initially in a caretaker role. What is it they say about insanity? Doing the same things over and over again but expecting different results.
This for many Addicks will be a step too far.
Fraeye was Jose Riga’s assistant manager for the 16 games he was in charge. After they were both dismissed by Duchatelet, Fraeye got his first ever managerial job at the age of 37 with Belgian 3rd Division side VW Van Hamme. This is what he said at that time:
“I look back on that (Charlton) with a fantastic feeling adventure. It was an intense period with each two matches per week, but I have learned a lot. I cannot thank Mr Duchâtelet enough for this opportunity, but on the other hand, I would also continue to develop as head coach. Hence the choice for VW Van Hamme. Hamme is for me a step forward in my development. Charlton I regard as an unexpected chance to sample the professional game , but i do not want to skip steps. Mr Duchâtelet understands my choice and supports me 100% because in addition to the work at Van Hamme I will also continue to do analytics and scouting for the network, just as the past half year. I will also have a coordinating role for his network.”
Dear, dear me. What an absolute joke we have become. Sorry, continue to be.
In case you’re interested VW Van Hamme lay 12th (out of 18) in the Belgian 3rd Division, yes 3rd Division, you read that right, and have won just 1 of their last 5 matches. On a good day 350 people show up for a home match. Prior to his work under Riga, Fraeye was on the coaching staff of Belgian amateur side KFC Eendracht Zele. I am sure his mother loves him, but honestly Peeters and Luzon are Brian Clough compared to this bloke.
To back up the SLP story the bookies have slashed the odds on Fraeye becoming the next Addicks manager after initialling installing Malky McKay as favourite after he watched yesterday’s game from the director’s box. Remember the Addicks are now without a manager/head coach, assistant, 1st team coach and chief scout. And we are still over budget!
Here’s a list to ponder.
Nigel Pearson, Gus Poyet, Stuart Pearce, Paul Lambert, Nigel Clough, Brian McDermott, Paulo DiCanio, Alan Curbishley, Tim Sherwood, Dave Jones, Glenn Hoddle, Alan Irvine, Alex McLeish, Oscar Garcia, Michael Laudrup, Shaun Derry.
The list goes on of experienced managers with English league experience currently out of work. If Roly and Katrien had any form of scouting ability they would also find a number of really good young British managers operating below The Championship.
But, no it is the Belgian 3rd Division to where we turn.