Recent sightings of Lennie Lawrence at the Valley over the last few weeks, has led to speculation that Lennie Lawrence is in the running for being appointed as Director of Football at the club.

According to reports and recent speculation, Roland Duchâtelet is conducting a full board and managerial restructure at the South East London side over the Summer, including the appointment of Lennie Lawrence the Director of Football.

Lennie Lawrence managed the Addicks back in 1982 until 1991 and is one of the only managers in English football to manage over 1000 games, 393 of them being at the South East London side.

Lawrence is a well-respected senior expert in English football, and has a strong working relationship with Dougie Freedman, who he has followed as Assistant Coach at Crystal Palace, Bolton Wanderers and more recently Nottingham Forest.

When Dougie Freedman left Crystal Palace, the club wanted to retain the veteran, but he decided to leave for Bolton.

Recent rumours are saying that Chairman Richard Murray who has lost credibility in recent years from fans due to not speaking out against the ownership, is believed to be trying to persuade Duchâtelet to adopt a more English approach to football at the club.

Lawrence’s role within the club would involve helping the club appoint an effective head of recruitment, and supporting the recruitment and managerial roles within the club, with the attempt to set out a plan for Charlton to be promoted again as soon as possible.

On Saturday Riga’s side witnessed another 1-0 defeat, despite a good effort to take the game, including a disallowed goal due to the referee accusing Jorge Texeira for fouling the Rams’ goalkeeper.

This means that Charlton are 11 points from safety with only four games remaining, meaning relegation is imminent. The decline of the club in the years he has owned it, may have lead to Roland Duchâtelet decide that a restructure of the club is required in order for the club to return to the Championship after next season.


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Charlton Athletic fan who is still proud and loves the achievements under Jimmy Seed, Alan Curbishley and Chris Powell. I am still waiting for the day when we return to the top flight of English Football! I am staunchly against the Roland Duchatelet ownership and support CARD in his removal. I am also a qualified referee with the London FA. Twitter: @ValleyFloydFred