So, Bob Peeters has gone, but who and what will follow? Rick Everitt gives his views here: After Bob?
Like Rick, I would be happy to see Riga back, but it is more likely to be his assistant. I still think that Guy Luzon is less likely. He is currently 1/4 in the betting, but he was hardly a success at the mother ship. But then Alan Curbishley is 16/1 and there are even odds for Dowie.
The club statement reads: 'Charlton have terminated the contract of Head Coach Bob Peeters with immediate effect, the club can confirm. The contracts of Senior Professional Development Coach Patrick Van Houdt and Performance Analyst Guy Kiala have also been terminated. Peeters signed a 12-month contract at The Valley in the summer and enjoyed a good start to life in the Championship. However, given the recent downturn in results and performances the board felt they had to make a change at this time. The club would like to thank the trio for their efforts and a further statement will be made in due course.'
Whoever comes in really needs the chance to invest in the squad, even though that function is separated from coaching. The squad is too thin.
I also think there is a lot to be said for managerial stability. The two most successful periods in the club's history were under long-serving managers, Jimmy Seed and Alan Curbishley. But new managers do usually bring a short-term boost and at the moment we badly need that.
Football is a game of thin margins and if Henderson had not been injured and Vetokele and other players had not lost form, the pattern of results might have been different. However, we are where we are and I was struck by how subdued the crowd was on Saturday both during and after the match, almost an atmosphere of quiet despair. It looked as if Bob had lost the crowd and that was one reason for moving on.