I was unenthusiastic about Guy Luzon's appointment as Charlton coach (I would have preferred to see Riga come back), but now he is here I would like to see him get on with the job and see what he can do. Hence the failure to obtain a work permit is a setback and does not reflect well on the club. Katrien, by the way, is a competition lawyer which is a very different area of law from immigration law.
Brian Haines gives his views on the situation here: Not a lawyer
One thing I do know is Luzon does have a Governing Body Endorsement which is a necessary condition for obtaining a work permit. He did have a work permit in Belgium, so an interesting situation would arise if another member state refused one, although I do not know what European case law there is on this. The principle of freedom of movement applies just to EU citizens, but there may be some spill over from it.
In any event, fans should be careful what they wish for when they hope that visa issues may forestall Luzon's appointment. There would be a delay in appointing a replacement and goodness knows who we would get.
Watford have a doubt over striker Fernando Forestieri (hamstring), while defenders Gabriel Tamas (cruciate) and Joel Ekstrand (back) are ruled out. Goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes will have a late fitness test but should play after being taken off last week. Yoni Buyens and Callum Harriot are back from suspension.
The bookies are not very enthusiastic about our prospects at Watford. Odds are: Watford 4/6, Draw 13/5, Charlton 5/1. Our record against Watford is, however, relatively good: we have won three of the last four meetings.