Charlton coach Karel Fraeye thinks Charlton must toughen up to get their season back on track.
The Belgian was installed on a temporary basis on Sunday, October 25 after former head coach Guy Luzon was sacked.
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Speaking to the club’s official website, the 37-year-old said: “The most important thing is that we need to become a tough team again and be tough to beat.
“That’s the first thing. This is one of the toughest championships in the world and we must be tough to beat. We have to bring it back to that.
“I’ve been following the Championship ever since I went back to Belgium, especially Charlton’s games – I’ve seen them all. So I’ve tried to share my ideas about this season and the problems that we have seen.
“We’ve tried to give them some solutions and, based on what I’ve seen this week from the training sessions and the chats with the players, I think they’re willing to pick it up.
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“We have a good side and that is what I’ve heard from all the players – they too believe we really have a good side.”
Fraeye and his assistant Wim De Corte have the task of steadying Charlton ’s ship with games against Middlesbrough, MK Dons and Sheffield Wednesday coming up before November’s international break.
He also added Jason Euell to his staff as first team coach - a move which Fraeye was keen to make.
“Two years ago when I worked with Jason I had a really good relationship with him and we respected each other,” he said. “He will play a massive part. I came in on Monday, but he was away with the U21s in Cardiff, so we spoke on Tuesday morning.
“He was very positive about the cooperation and he was involved in Tuesday’s sessions before making his decision on Wednesday.
“I’m very proud that the most expensive player in Charlton’s history is in my staff and I really look forward to working with him.”
Euell will join Fraeye in the dugout for the first time during Saturday’s trip to Middlesbrough.
The Teesside club currently sit fourth in the Championship and pulled off an upset by beating Manchester United on penalties to progress in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday Evening.
“Middlesbrough are a good side,” said Fraeye. “They played in the cup and got a good confidence win, but they also had to play 120 minutes.
“We know they have a very consistent team, but some of them were on the bench yesterday like Diego Fabbrini and David Nugent, so we expect them back in the team to play us on Saturday.
“We can never master the opponent and we might have an idea of how they’re going to play, but what’s more important is how we are going to perform.
“These ideas that we have been putting out in the training sessions will mean we are very well prepared.
“Some players have been struggling and are fighting to be fit to get in the squad again and I hope that the travelling supporters will see the team everyone wants to see – a tough Charlton team.”