Five bosses that could turn Charlton from draw specialists into winners
Charlton Athletic are 10 points off a play-off place and eight above the Championship relegation zone (6/1 with Coral to go down), following the sacking of head coach Bob Peeters.
This south London side were once Premier League mainstays, but have since suffered darker days, which have included dropping into League One for awhile. Charlton are now second-tier draw specialists, sharing the spoils in half (13) of their 25 league outings.
As the Addicks have some high-profile players like Iceland winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson, ex-USA international and former AC Milan defender Oguchi Onyewu, and Premier League stalwart Tal Ben Haim, that got us thinking. With some proven talent and potential at The Valley, which managers could turn Charlton back into winners again?
Even though finishing in a play-off place is a remote prospect (40/1), we put our heads together and came up with five managers that could revive Addicks’ fortunes.
Ex-Standard Liege boss Luzon has been widely tipped to take over in The Valley dugout, because that Belgian club is also controlled by Charlton owner Roland Duchatelet. A former Israel Under-21 boss, Luzon made the move abroad to Liege last term, but was replaced by Serbian assistant Ivan Vukomanovic. This move would be a big step up from coaching domestically and on the continent, however.
Former Crystal Palace and Bolton Wanderers manager Freedman could be a candidate to take over at Charlton, following his sacking from the Trotters in October. Might the ex-Scotland striker be too synonymous with the Addicks’ south London rivals to get the fanbase behind him, though?
Linked with every job under the sun, there’s no reason not to leave Charlton out. Sherwood, sacked by Spurs as head coach in May, has worked as a pundit since. While his honesty and up front nature would get him onside with supporters, a foreign owner like Duchatelet might take a dim view.
Out of work since Leeds United dismissed him last summer, McDermott is best remembered for taking Reading, a club of similar standing to the Addicks, into the Premier League. Both the Royals and Charlton have historically allowed players to come through their academies, and this is something McDermott has experience of.
The man most synonymous with Charlton. Curbishley spent 15 years in charge at the Addicks (1991-2006), but has been out of management for almost seven-and-a-half years since being sacked by West Ham in September 2008. He’s reportedly asked for talks, but how could a Second Coming be as successful?