Adieu Karel Fraye. You dressed your best but, sadly, you were hopelessly unqualified for managing Charlton Athletic Football Club and the players gave up on you weeks ago, not long after the fans. Don't be too down-hearted though, there are other network jobs which might be more suited to your talents.
So, Jose Riga is shortly to return to try once more to throw a double-six. Callum Harriott will be pleased. Personally, Riga isn't the worst appointment they could make by a long shot. He was successful in his last stint and did not deserve to be sacked pre-season to make way for Big Bob Peeters. He was, understandably, a little bitter about that but Roly only has a few Flemish-speaking managers on his books, so he did get another brief stint at Standard Liege following his equally short spell at Blackpool. Come to think about it, he didn't get long at Metz either. What's the betting he doesn't make six months this time around? I have to ask, too, what level of self-respect does Jose have, having already been sacked a couple of times by Duchebag only to return once more? Maybe it's a Belgian thing?
I would have preferred to get a bog-standard British manager with experience of the Championship but Jose perhaps represents less risk at this time. Given the lack of a gamble on the playing front in the January window, his appointment is, at least, in keeping with that. When we do go down, we can at least reflect on the fact that we haven't piled further debt upon our shoulders unnecessarily. Sorry Katrien, I didn't really mean 'our' shoulders, I am aware that it's The Shareholder who will burden that responsibility until he sells us on.
So, good luck Jose, I will support you all the way from here but I think you are going over the top armed with a knife and fork.