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Bob Peeters linked with Charlton Athletic job

21 May 2014

It remains unclear whether Waasland-Beveren head coach Bob Peeters is in line to become the new Charlton Athletic manager following conflicting statements from the Belgian club.

The Belgian media reported on Wednesday morning that Peeters was set to replace Jose Riga, who is yet to hear about his future from Addicks owner Roland Duchatelet after preserving the Londoners' Sky Bet Championship status.

Waasland-Beveren issued a statement saying they were 'unpleasantly surprised' by the stories and implied an illegal approach for Peeters should the rumours turn out to be true.

But a club spokesman then revealed that he thought it was 'very likely' that Peeters would be the new manager at The Valley.

Reacting to the initial reports, a statement on the Belgian club's official website,, said: "The reports in the media concerning the impending departure of our head coach Bob Peeters are an unpleasant surprise to our club's hierarchy, despite the fact that the first details reached us on Tuesday evening.

"The rumours were, for obvious reasons, not taken seriously at first. All we can state as a club is that Bob Peeters has a contract with Waasland-Beveren until the middle of 2015.

"The preparations for next season have so far gone smoothly in collaboration with Bob Peeters. The most recent discussions on transfers took place as recently as last Monday. We will contact Bob Peeters in order to discuss the situation.

"Reports that there is a compensation clause of three months' wages are wide of the mark. There are other, clear contractual conditions, which also apply.

"Should the reports that Bob Peeters is leaving turn out to be true, the club above all regret that no prior permission was sought in order to to sit down with Bob Peeters and discuss terms."

Subsequently, however, a spokesman for Waasland-Beveren told BBC London 94.9: "It looks very likely to happen.

"It was a complete surprise to us to see these reports in the media. He was doing really well and is popular with the supporters. There is no sign he wanted to leave.

"He's not got the job but we want to hear from him. We are going to talk to him."

Charlton say no deal has been signed with a new manager, but hope to make an announcement before the end of the week.

Riga, 56, guided the Addicks to seven wins and Championship survival after succeeding Chris Powell in March.

Duchatelet, who also owns Standard Liege and has links to several other clubs around Europe, had been waiting until the end of the Belgian season to finalise his plans for the 2014/15 campaign.

Peeters, who played for Millwall between 2003 and 2005, has also managed Belgian sides Cercle Brugge and KAA Gent. Charlton would have to pay compensation for his services should Duchatelet want to bring him to The Valley.

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