Charlton have confirmed the appointment of the Addicks new Coach Beglian Bob Peeters.
We would like to welcome him and wish him the best of luck assembling his squad and for a successful campaign in the coming season. Bob is not a complete stranger to British football or indeed the Championship having once graced the squad of our near neighbours in Bermondsey.
To the disdain of many fans the Jose Riga was not given the job for the reasons detailed by a statement from Charlton Supremo Katrien Meire this week. The fill in Manager who's brief reign included Charlton defying relegation, had become and an almost instant hit among fans particularly when he managed to get two of Charlton's barren forwards on the hat trick tally for the season. Also departing were Alex Dyer, Chris Powell's no2, and Karel Fraeye who served for a brief period as Riga's No2. Damien Matthews becomes Peeters assistant, despite rumours heavy linking Patrick Van Houdt - assistant coach at Belgian club KV Mechelen.
Bob Peeters (pronounced Payters) will certainly have his work cut out as he helps build Charlton's team as the newly titled Head Coach for next year beginning with a fairly blank sheet, but not too dissimilar to Powell's first Summer window before he stormed League 1. A number of players have been released and some lost as their contracts expired, while questions still remain over the future of 2013-14 debutant and player of the year Diego Poyet, along with defensive stalwart Michael Morrison.
That squad building appears to have already started with the Addicks reportedly making an offer for Barnsley forward Chris O'Grady for £500k accepted but not yet completed.
It's looking like an interesting Summer for Charlton.