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Charlton Athletic appoint caretaker bosses

12 January 2015

Charlton Athletic have placed first-team coach Damian Matthew and goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts in caretaker charge as they begin the search for a permanent successor to Bob Peeters.

The Addicks parted company with Peeters after Saturday's 1-0 home loss to Brighton & Hove Albion left them without a win since early November.

Chief executive Katrien Meire told the club website: "It was a very difficult decision to reach.

"We had been very supportive of Bob until the very last moment, but the disappointing nature of performances and results in recent matches forced us to look at the situation.

"Despite recent rumours in the media, we had not considered this option until after Saturday's game.

"We have won just once in the past 12 matches and with the January transfer window open it is an important time of the season for the club.

"We feel this is the right decision for the club and I have asked Damian Matthew and Ben Roberts to take temporary charge. I have no doubts they will do an excellent job taking care of the side for the time being.

"We know how important it is to make sure this next appointment is the right one because I understand that this club needs and deserves a head coach who can plan and take charge for the long-term.

"I realise this decision has taken some by surprise, but there is still a lot to play for this season and we want to try and ensure the 2014/15 campaign ends as successfully as it started."

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