Jose Riga will end his second spell in charge of Charlton Athletic following Saturday’s final match of the season at home to Burnley. South London Press believes that Riga will depart The Valley for the second time after it was revealed he is ‘highly unlikely’ to be at the club next season.
Relegation was confirmed a few weeks ago, and although Riga still has a year remaining on his contract, the club look set to begin yet another search for yet another new manager in the next few months.
Riga recently didn’t totally dismiss the idea of taking charge of the club in League One next season, but did suggest that he wanted certain reassurances before committing. One of those is understood to be a greater control over player transfers. One of their signings of the season, Jorge Teixeira from Standard Liege, saw Riga heavily involved in that particular deal. It would appear Riga hasn’t been pleased with what the Charlton hierarchy have said, suggesting he wouldn’t have total say on player recruits.
Roland Duchatelet has regularly shopped abroad for manager’s but perhaps a coach on these shores would be better served in a very competitive division such as League One. However, there is the concern that not enough managers in the UK would be interested in the role given the uncertainty and bad feeling surrounding the ownership at the London-based club.
Northampton Town boss Chris Wilder has been linked with the job, but his name has been branded about as being linked with almost every job going this week. Club coach Simon Clark is another who has been mentioned, and he is said to be very popular amongst the players as well.
Nevertheless, it looks set to be another summer of uncertainty with the Addicks, who are likely to be searching for yet another manager, and they have to get this one right.