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Guy Luzon: The story behind Charlton Athletic's new head coach

15 January 2015

Ahead of Guy Luzon's first game in charge of Charlton Athletic, we've taken a closer look at his career to date.

Luzon began his footballing career as a player, coming through the youth ranks at home club Maccabi Petah Tikva. He went on to play for the senior side for four years between 1992 and 1996, before returning as manager in 2001.

The 39-year-old remained at Petah Tikva until 2007, and guided the club to a Toto Cup win and a second-place finish in the Israeli Premier League in that time, achieving a 47 per cent win rate.

Luzon's next job was the managerial post at Hapoel Tel Aviv, but 12 defeats in 22 games quickly saw him return to Petah Tikva.

In his third spell at the club, he didn't fare as well in the dugout, losing 11 of his 17 matches, and made the switch to Bnei Yehuda soon after. There, he returned to a strong win rate of 44 victories in 98 games, and led them to the final of the Israel State Cup, when his side finished runners-up to his former club Tel Aviv.

Luzon then spent time with the Israel national side, working with the Under-21s. During this spell he guided them to the European Championships in 2013, where they posted a famous 1-0 win over Stuart Pearce’s England side.

After three years as the Under-21 coach, Luzon secured the biggest move of his career when he took the manager’s job at Standard Liege.

His time with Belgian club was highly successful as he steered them to a top-of-the-table finish in the Premier League regular season. Les Rouches, as they are commonly known, couldn’t replicate the same success in the Play-Offs however, and lost out to rivals Anderlecht.

In his only full season with Liege, Luzon’s men conceded just 17 goals in 30 games, which is a Belgian top-flight record, and they also set a new landmark of 35 consecutive matches at the league summit. He was relieved of his duties in October following a difficult start to the 2014/15 season.

Charlton currently sit 14th in the Sky Bet Championship, and Luzon is expected to take charge of his first match on Saturday 24th January, against Wolverhampton Wanderers, once his work permit has been issued.

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