Charlton Athletic are set to sack interim head coach Karel Fraeye and replace him with Serbian Nebojša Vignjevic, who has been in charge of Újpest in the Hungary top flight league. This is the news being reported by South London Today and talkSPORT.
The Addicks will dismiss Fraeye, who didn’t talk to the press after last night’s 5-0 away defeat to Huddersfield Town and hire the unknown Serbian coach. The obvious link between Vignjevic and Charlton is that owner Roland Duchatelet’s son, Roderick, is the owner of Újpest. The 47-year-old is expected to be appointed to the role in the next few days.
The heavy loss at the John Smith’s Stadium, combined with the FA Cup defeat to League One strugglers Colchester United at the weekend appear to be the final nail in the coffin for Fraeye. Although he was only appointed interim coach, he has been in charge since October and has lasted just 14 games in charge. He oversaw two victories, but his previous ten has all been winless.
Now us at The72 will be first to admit we don’t know too much/anything about the soon to be appointed Charlton head coach. However we have dug up this video of him taking part in the Ice Bucket Challenge from a few years ago!
The news to dismiss Fraeye will surely be well-supported by most Addicks fans, however the appointment of Vignjevic will hardly inspire belief amongst the majority that they can get themselves out of trouble. Although he has no experience of the Championship or English football, he has been a success in Hungary of late. He guided Újpest to safety in the year he took charge, whilst he narrowly missed out on Europa League qualification the next year. In 2014 he guided the club to Hungarian Cup success.
He will become the sixth-manager of the Duchatelet era and will be set the immediate task to guide Charlton to Championship safety for the remainder months of this campaign.