Charlton: Bob Peeters says "I will give youth a chance"

By Rob Virtue on June 23, 2014 12:11 PM |

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Bob Peeters said the successful Charlton youth academy was one of the key motivators in his decision to join the south-east London side.

The new head coach, speaking in his first press conference for the Addicks on Monday, added he was keen to give the young players a chance.

And he's already earmarked 17-year-old centre-back Joe Gomez for a role in the first team squad.

"The youth team was one of the main reasons I signed," said Peeters, who joined this summer from Belgian side Waasland-Beveren.

"In Belgium I gave a lot of young players a chance and they are regulars now.

"So here, I told Joe Gomez he can have pre-season with us because I want to see whether he can do the job.

"If I have a 16 or 17-year0old talented defender you need to give him a chance, which also triggers hopes for other players that they will get their chance."

The 40-year-old manager also hopes he can tie down fellow youth product Diego Poyet. He said both Poyet, whose contract ends this summer, and defender Michael Morrison had been offered new deals.

"Diego is a very talented player," said Peeters. "We would like him to stay but it is up to him now.

"We've made him an offer and we've stayed in contact since."

"It's the same with Morrison. We've made an offer but it's down to the player."

Peeters said he hopes both will be at the training ground when the squad returns for pre-season on Thursday.

Regarding players incoming, the Addicks have already agreed a fee for FC Copenhagen striker Igor Vetokele and are bringing in Yoni Buyens on loan from Standard Liege for a year.

Peeters said: "Vetokele's a talented player I know from Copenhagen while Buyens was one of the best midfielders in the Belgian league last year.

"He's got a great engine and can do a job in the Championship. That's key for me when bringing players in."

Peeters was joined by Charlton owner Roland Duchatelet and chairman Richard Murray at the press conference at The Valley.

The bosses defended the decision to give the head coach just a one-year contract.

Duchatelet said: "It's just a difference in culture. The one year deal is common in Belgium and it's looked at year by year."

Murray added too much could had been assumed from it. "We were told David Moyes had a six year contract at Manchester United yet got just a one year pay-off," he said.

"And Alan Pardew has an eight year contract but does anyone really think he would get eight years worth of money if he left?"

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