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José Riga appointed Head Coach

Posted: Tue 11 Mar 2014
Author: Iain Liddle
Jose Riga

Jose Riga

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José Riga has been appointed as Head Coach of Charlton Athletic, the club confirmed on Tuesday afternoon

Iain Liddle reports

José Riga has been appointed as Head Coach of Charlton Athletic, the club confirmed on Tuesday afternoon.

The Belgian-born former Standard Liege boss will take charge of his first game on Wednesday against Huddersfield Town at The Valley (7.45pm).

Riga took Liege to the last 16 of the Europa League in the 2011/12 season, winning their group before eventually being knocked out of the competition by Hannover 96 over two legs.

Earlier in this career, Riga won the Belgian second division with R.A.E.C. Mons for the first time in the club’s history in his first year in charge. 

In the following season he led the side to a respectable ninth-place finish in the Jupiler Pro League before eventually parting company with the club in 2008.

In recent years Riga also spent time as technical director of Cercle Sportif Vise in Belgium and worked at the Aspire Academy in Qatar.

Riga will work alongside Karel Fraeye, who also joins as Assistant Head Coach. 

Following the departure of Chris Powell, Riga becomes the 23rd man to take permanent charge of Charlton’s first team.