As expected, Charlton Athletic have turned to Guy Luzon as their new manager following their decision to sack Bob Peeters earlier this week.
Despite an encouraging start to the Championship season the Addicks have fallen away badly in recent weeks, and have not recorded a win since they defeated Reading on 8 November. They have drawn four and lost four of their subsequent league fixtures, and they also crashed out of the FA Cup at the third round stage when Blackburn Rovers left The Valley with a 2-1 win.
All this resulted in Peeters being shown the door on Monday, and it was immediately reported that Luzon was in pole position to succeed the Belgian. The 39-year-old, who has experience of coaching Hapoel Tel Aviv and the Israel Under-21 side and more recently Standard Liege, has signed an 18-month contract with the Londoners, and is relishing the challenge ahead of him.
“I will work as hard as I can to try and make the club successful,” he said. “We have talented players in the squad and it is my job to try and bring the best out of them. It is important to have a positive spirit in the team and I want to ensure the entire group is fighting together for the good of the club. I look forward to taking training for the first time and getting my ideas across to the players.”
Having lost to Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday afternoon, Charlton have slipped to 14th place in the Championship standings. They are 10 points behind a playoff position, but their immediate priority will be to pull away from the relegation zone which they are currently eight points ahead of. Luzon will take charge for the first time when they travel to Watford this coming weekend.
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