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Charlton Athletic to appoint Bob Peeters

26 May 2014

Charlton Athletic will announce Bob Peeters as their new manager in the next 48 hours, Press Association Sport understands.

The 40-year-old quit as boss of Belgian side Waasland-Beveren last Thursday and will replace Jose Riga, who was not kept on at The Valley despite saving the Addicks from relegation last season.

The appointment will mark a return to south London for former Belgium striker Peeters, who had a spell playing for Charlton's local rivals Millwall between 2003 and 2005.

Riga, 56, took over from Chris Powell following his sacking in March with the club at the foot of the table.

He led them out of the relegation zone and to an 18th-placed finish with eight wins and three draws from 17 matches.

But, like Powell, Riga rarely used the loan players brought in by controversial owner Roland Duchatelet, which may have contributed to his departure.

Peeters will have to rebuild the Charlton squad after 11 players were released at the end of the season, while goalkeeper Ben Hamer last week agreed to joined Premier League new boys Leicester.

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