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Guy Luzon appointed as Charlton Head Coach

Posted: Tue 13 Jan 2015
Author: Iain Liddle
Guy Luzon is Charlton's new Head Coach

Guy Luzon is Charlton's new Head Coach

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Guy Luzon has been appointed as Charlton’s new Head Coach, the club confirmed on Tuesday evening

Iain Liddle reports

Guy Luzon has been appointed as Charlton’s new Head Coach, the club confirmed on Tuesday evening.

The 39-year-old has signed an initial contract at The Valley until the end of the 2015/16 season and replaces Bob Peeters, who was dismissed on Sunday evening.

“I am happy to have joined Charlton and will work as hard as I can to try and make the club successful,” said Luzon.

“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.”

Luzon will be officially unveiled at a press conference at The Valley on Wednesday and will take charge of the Addicks for the first time at Watford on Saturday (3pm).

Charlton owner Roland Duchâtelet said: “I think the appointment of Guy Luzon will prove to be a very good one for the club.

“I regard him as an extremely talented coach who has already achieved a lot in his career so far.

“There were a lot of records broken during his first season at Standard Liège and they had the best defensive record in the league.

“He is a passionate coach who will give his all to Charlton and I hope supporters will get behind him.”

Luzon’s most recent job in football was in charge of Standard Liège where he led the team to first place in the Jupiler Pro League during the regular season. They conceded just 17 goals in 30 matches – a record for the Belgian league in its current format – and kept 18 clean sheets during that period.

Across the 40 league matches, including the play-offs, Liège were top of the table for 35 consecutive matchdays and in doing so set another record for the Jupiler Pro League in its current format.

The Israeli coach has previously managed a series of clubs in his home country and guided Maccabi Petah Tivka to second place in the top flight.

He also had a successful spell in charge of the Israel U21 side where he led them to the European U21 Championship in 2013.

Following a 4-1 victory over Belgium in the build-up to the tournament he masterminded a 1-0 victory over Stuart Pearce’s England side during the group stage.

Luzon becomes the 24th man to take permanent charge of Charlton’s first team.