Charlton close on Wilder appointment

Charlton Athletic - The Valley

HITC Sport understands Charlton want Northampton boss as their new manager.

Charlton are closing in on a deal to name Northampton Town boss Chris Wilder as their new manager, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Charlton are searching for a new manager after Jose Riga announced his resignation as head coach moments after their 3-0 defeat by Burnley on the final day of the Championship season.

The Addicks have endured a difficult season on and off the pitch this season with the club's supporters staging several protests aimed at Charlton's Belgian owners.

Riga had returned to Charlton only four months ago, replacing interim boss Karel Fraeye, who had taken over from Guy Luzon in October, but he was unable to save Charlton from relegation to League One.

Charlton are now beginning their search for a new boss who can try and guide them back to the Championship at the first time of asking and Wilder tops their wanted list.

Wilder is regarded as one of the best young managers in the country after guiding Oxford back into the Football League from the Conference and consolidating them in League Two before taking over at Northampton in January 2014.

The 48-year-old helped to keep Northampton up against all the odds in his first season in charge – after taking over with the side in the relegation zone and he has transformed their fortunes this season.

Wilder has guided Northampton to the League Two title this season and his work has not gone unnoticed among clubs higher up the football pyramid.

Bolton have been linked with a move for Wilder as they search for a new manager, but Charlton are hoping to now lure Wilder to the Valley.

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