Speculation about the future of José Riga continues. Many Charlton fans would like to see him given a chance to continue the work he has begun, but the rumour mill is suggesting that a replacement has already been selected.
Meanwhile, Riga has been talking about his experience in Charlton. He appreciated the professional structure at Charlton and the overall level of the Championship, pointing out that only four teams had never been in the Premiership.
Riga stated, "By accepting this challenge [of managing Charlton], I was not thinking of me, as I had more to lose than to win. If I did, it is because I am a man of challenge. I landed in London on a Monday and coached my first game two days later, without any preparation and without knowing my staff, team, competition, the club and its structures. There could be no more difficult situation. Based on my intuition and my knowledge, I made my choice and just went."
"The only goal that was assigned to me was to save Charlton, not to please. Relegation was terrible, sporting but also financially." Lacking a reliable striker, Riga tried to tighten the defence and favour players like Poyet.
José Riga remembered the first message sent to his players. "I told them we did not have the best team, but we had to form the best group in terms of class, of involvement. We had to be flawless on that front and if that were the case, we could compete with everyone. What we did, was thanks to my assistant, Karel Fraeye, and the technical staff, since such a result is never the property of one person."
Riga would like to stay: "When I left London, players, journalists and supporters have asked me if they would see me again. I could not give any answer because if my priority is to continue the adventure in Charlton, I'm not the decision maker."
Fulham and QPR have apparently expressed some interest "But as I said, and I said to Roland Duchâtelet, I give priority to Charlton."