The following report appeared in this evening's Sub-Standard:
'Charlton chief executive Katrien Meire admits she understands fans' frustration but has told them to accept owner Roland Duchatelet's way of running the club. Some supporters are unhappy with the appointment of Guy Luzon and have criticised Meire on social media, claiming she "lied" about the process of his arrival. Meire released a statement after Bob Peeters was sacked last week and said Charlton had not earmarked a new head coach before his dismissal.
But some fans believe Luzon, who worked under Duchatelet at Standard Liege before the owner axed him in October, had been lined up. They also fear Duchatelet is running Charlton like a business and not a football club. The Belgian moves players and coaches within his network of European teams and is rarely seen at The Valley.
But Meire has defended Duchatelet and the appointment of Luzon and has called for patience. She also admits it is up to the club to prove that Duchatelet's business model can be successful. "Of course I can understand their frustration and they have every right to be [frustrated]," she said. "But I hope they understand the owner wants the best for Charlton. He does it his way and they need to accept that.
"They will not always agree with our decisions. No fans in the world will always agree with the decisions of the board. I always try to take into account the fans, but sometimes you have to make hard decisions. We are investing in Charlton. I feel the fans sometimes forget that. At the moment, they only notice the results on the pitch. But it is not only in the squad we are investing in. We are going to build a training ground and build for the future.
"We do not want Charlton to lose their identity. We want success for Charlton and they need to be patient. We have improved a lot from last year and it is up to us to prove to the fans that we do not only want to bring in imports from Standard Liege."
Luzon is Charlton's fourth manager in a year and Meire now wants stability. "I would like him to be the next Sir Alex Ferguson," said the Belgian, who says the immediate aim is to make Charlton competitive in the Championship. "I know people are a bit worried about the instability. But our recent actions have shown a sense of decisiveness and I hope that Guy will stay for a long time."
On criticism of the way Duchatelet is running Charlton, Meire said: "It is important to find a balance - the reality is that a football club is a business. But every decision I make is judged by thousands of people, which is different from any other business."
Luzon was due to meet the players and take training for the first time today and he has held discussions with Meire about plans for the transfer window.'