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Charlton appoint José Riga as Head Coach

Posted: Thu 14 Jan 2016
Author: George Jones

The 58-year-old returns to The Valley following a successful spell in 2014 and has signed an 18-month contract

George Jones reports

Charlton are delighted to confirm the appointment of José Riga as Head Coach on an 18-month contract.

The 58-year-old returns to The Valley having successfully steered the club away from relegation danger at the end of the 2013/14 season.

He oversaw 16 Championship matches during his first stint in SE7, winning seven, draw three and accumulating 24 points to lift the Addicks from the bottom of the Championship to 18th position.

Only Leicester City, who went on to win the title, recorded more Championships points in the remainder of 2013/14, following Riga’s appointment in March.

Charlton owner Roland Duchâtelet said: “This has been a disappointing season for everyone connected with Charlton and the board take responsibility for that. Some things, like an unprecedented number of injuries, we could not have foreseen. But we have also made errors in recruitment, mistakes we have immediately tried to address in January.

“It was also crucial we dealt with the position of the Head Coach. José did an excellent job in his short period with Charlton two seasons ago. He was very popular with supporters and I believe that he will get us back on track. There are 20 matches of the season still to play and it’s vital that we battle for every point.”

Riga guided Belgian club Standard Liege to the last 16 of the Europa League in the 2011/12 season and, earlier in his career, he 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.

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

After leaving Charlton in the summer of 2014, Riga had a short spell at Blackpool before re-joining Liege for the end of the 2014/15 season.

He was appointed as Head Coach of Ligue 2 club Metz in June 2015 but left his December with them position in sixth place.