After a string of bad results Charlton fans may be wary of their chairman employing another manager from the Belgian leagues, albeit on an interim basis.
To allay the fears of Addicks fans, we’ve got the lowdown on gaffer Karel Fraeye and his management team.
Karel Fraeye, manager
A quick look at the Belgian’s CV and you’d imagine the 37-year-old can’t believe his luck at landing a job in the Championship. After a few years as youth coach at KAA Gent, he started his managerial career at second division KSV Sottegem in 2010, before dropping to the fourth tier of Belgian football with KFC Eendracht Zele.
After a spell as Jose Riga’s assistant, he returned to Belgium with spectacularly named third division side Royal Football Club Vigor Wuitens Hamme. Upon Fraeye’s arrival at the Valley, Hamme had won just twice in 11 matches.
While fans are desperate to be proven wrong by Fraeye, you can forgive them for feeling the club could have done a little better with their appointment. But hey, that’s a wonderfully full head of hair.
Wim de Corte, assistant
A coach with perhaps a little more pedigree than Fraeye, de Corte spent a decade as boss of Standaard Wetteren, overseeing the most successful period in the club’s history and guiding them to the Belgian third division title in 2009.
He was eventually snapped up by Pro League side KV Beerschott in 2012, but left Antwerp after just a year in charge. A less than successful year at second division side Roeselare followed before he was replaced by Franky van der Elst in 2014.
Jason Euell, first team coach
Ah finally, a familiar name. When Charlton signed Euell as a player he was hot stuff (remember his appearances in the Orange mobile phone ads?) The £4.5million buy from relegated Wimbledon in 2001 remains the club’s record signing, and the fans took to him playing in the Trequartista role at the Valley.
He was part of an impressive early-2000s side that included the likes of Darren Bent, Shaun Bartlett and Claus Jensen and regularly competed in the top half of the Premier League. He has most recently been coaching Charlton's under-21s.
A good decision by Fraeye, as having Euell at his side is likely to buy him some time with the fans. Now let's sit back and remember the good days. Ahhh.