Just after Saturday’s catastrophic loss at home to fellow Londoners Brentford, Charlton Athletic announced that they had parted company with head coach Guy Luzon and some of his coaching staff. Another announcement of the signing of Karel Fraeye hasn’t gone down too well.
Now the London club have announced that they have appointed Karel Fraeye as interim head coach per Charlton Athletic themselves and other sources. The 37-year old Belgian was an assistant to Jose Riga towards the tail end of the 2013-14 season when the two helped to preserve the Addicks Championship status. With Luzon and his backroom coaching staff, assistant head coach Damian Matthew and first-team coach David Martine, all leaving the club, Fraeye has been bolstered by the temporary appointment of fellow Belgian Wim de Corte. The new team will be tasked with the job of turning around Charlton’s fortunes; the Londoners sitting in 22nd place in the Championship and without a win since August 22 this year.
Some sources, such as ‘The Football League Paper’, are claiming that the appointment of Fraeye, who signed from Belgian third division club KFC Vw Hamme, has angered some Charlton fans who view it as continued ineptitude and mismanagement by current owner Roland Duchatelet. Fraeye’s appointment, albeit it on an interim basis, has also garnered some opinion over on Twitter – a place where it is always good to gauge fan engagement and reaction to news from their club.
Charlton Appoint Karel Fraeye – Twitter responds
Karel Fraeye taking over as interim manager just sums us up as a club at the minute. We need someone who knows the league #cafc
— DanTempleton (@DanTempz) October 26, 2015
Among the Karel Fraeye shambles anyone else notice another of the Keystone Cops(Bob Peeters)got fired again this weekend from Lokeren? #CAFC
— Andy Lynch (@AndyLynch3) October 25, 2015
Fraeye appointment is not okay. The club is taking its fans for fools. Boycotts have to happen or there will be no change. #cafc
— Lee Jarvis (@leejarvis01) October 25, 2015
— Tom B (@cafctom1987) October 25, 2015
Charlton trying to claim Fraeye masterminded our survival 'alongside' Riga. Even more lies coming from this venomous regime. #cafc
— Dale Harris (@DaleH90) October 25, 2015
Sometimes, however, sometimes it is only humour that saves the sanity…
— Karen The Red (@DominoDuke) October 25, 2015
It would be safe to say that Charlton fans are less than enamoured with the appointment made by their owner with the addition of Karel Fraeye as the man to turn around the Addicks’