Karel Fraeye: Charlton interim coach defends knowledge

Karel Fraeye
Karel Fraeye has said he would be "be crazy not to want" the Charlton job permanently

Charlton Athletic interim head coach Karel Fraeye is adamant he has enough knowledge of the Championship to help the struggling club move up the table.

The 37-year-old was placed in charge after Guy Luzon was sacked, but he has lost his first two games.

Fraeye had a spell at The Valley in 2013-14 as assistant to Jose Riga.

"I have been here before, even though it was a short spell. Ever since I have been following the Championship very closely," he told BBC Radio London.

Having joined the south-east London club in March 2014, Fraeye helped Riga lead the Addicks to survival but the duo left the club at the end of that season.

Fraeye has previously coached in his native Belgium with lower-league sides Eenddracht Zele and VW Hamme and has assisted the recruitment department at Spanish side AD Alcorcon, who are also owned by Charlton owner Roland Duchatelet.

He is being assisted at Charlton by compatriot Wim De Corte and former Charlton striker Jason Euell.

"It's not just me," Fraeye added. "We have a whole coaching staff and we have very capable qualities in the staff that know the league, the opponents and our own team. We are a strong coaching staff."

Jason Euell
Jason Euell, who scored 39 goals in 171 appearances during two spells at Charlton, is now interim first-team coach at The Valley

Charlton are on a run of 11 league games without a win and sit 23rd in the table, four points from safety, leading some Charlton fans to criticise the appointment of Fraeye for his lack of experience.

"It is not a secret that my job was and will be working for the owner," he said. "I know the controversy and I am fully aware of it.

"I cannot master the fans' thoughts. It would be arrogant to tell them what to think.

"My job is to focus on the team, work hard during the week, prepare them for the game and do everything we can during the game. I am confident, otherwise I would have never accepted the challenge."

Charlton host in-form Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

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