Unheralded Jose Riga set to become Charlton boss after Powell is sacked

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Jose Riga appears to be the man to replace former England international Chris Powell.

After being 90 minutes away from an FA Cup semi final on the Sunday, fans favourite Chris Powell has been shown the door by Charlton Athletic in a surprise move.

Despite the great cup run this season, the Addicks sit at the bottom of the Championship, albeit with three games in hand on relegation rivals.

Charlton owner, Roland Duchatelet, told the club's website:

“We have been working with Chris Powell and his representatives for a couple of weeks to try and agree a contract extension which would have seen us continue to work together.

“There was good progress, but we could not reach an agreement over the club’s football strategy going forward.

“The situation put a strain on the working relationship between Chris and the board. Therefore I think it is best for all parties that we part ways at this stage.

"Given the club's position in the league and the number of important fixtures upcoming, I felt this difficult decision was unavoidable at this time

"We will look to quickly appoint a replacement who we feel will give us the best chance of avoiding relegation from the Championship

"I can assure supporters this was not an easy decision, but it has been made with the club's future in mind. Time will tell if it is the right decision."

It has appears that the Belgian has wasted no time in approaching a new man.Duchatelet, days after suggest that Powell would be given a new deal as sacked the likeable manager and is set to replace him with Jose Riga.

Riga is currently the technical director of Italian giants AC Milan and appears to be the sole runner for the managerial job. The 56-year old, who had a coaching spell at Standard Liege, comes in with a good coaching reputation in Europe, but whether he can enable Charlton to beat the drop remains to be seen. 

With important fixtures coming up such as Millwall, Yeovil and Barnsley in the next six weeks, Duchatelet has taken a huge gamble in Jose Riga. If Riga fails to turn Charlton's season around the club will be relegated back to League One after winning the division back in 2012 under Powell.

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