Vaarwel Bob Peeters

Goodbye to Bob Peeters who left Charlton on Sunday

Date Appointed: Tuesday 27th May 2014

Date Departed: Sunday 11th January 2015

Time in Charge: 229 days

Job Title: Head Coach

Contract: 1 year

Results:

P W D L F A Pts GD
League (Skybet Championship) 25 6 13 6 24 29 31 -5
(Capital One) League Cup 2 1 0 1 4 1 n/a 3
FA Cup 1 0 0 1 1 2 n/a -1
Overall 28 7 13 8 29 32 n/a -3

First Match: 05/07/2014 Standard Liège away 0-2. 45 minute match in the “Stayen Cup”

First Competitive Match: 09/08/2014 Brentford away 1-1, Sky Bet Championship

Biggest Win: All league wins (Wigan, Derby, Watford, Norwich, Bolton, Reading) were by a single goal. The 3-2 win against Derby was the biggest scoreline. The biggest win in any competitive match was a 4-0 victory over Colchester in the League Cup.

Heaviest Defeat: 0-3 to Fulham at Craven Cottage 24/10/2014. In typical Charlton fashion our heaviest defeat was live on Sky tv.

Highlight: Probably the 1-0 victory at Norwich who were top of the league at the time.

Last Match: 10/01/2015 0-1 home defeat to struggling Brighton.

Debutants: It’s hard to say that Peeters made any signings, because that’s not the way things work under the Duchâtelet régime, but the following players made their debuts under Peters: Henderson, Ben Haim, Bikey-Amougou, Berg Guðmundsson, Buyens, Vetokele, Țucudean, Moussa, Gomez, Bulot, Ahearne-Grant, Coquelin [loan], Onyewu [loan], Etheridge [loan], Watt.

What He Said At The Start: For me it was an easy decision. I know the Championship and I know Charlton and, along with Damian Matthew and the coaching staff, we are going to be a good team. The most important thing for me was that the owner had a lot of respect for the work I had done with Waasland-Beveren and said if I can go to a team like Charlton then not to hesitate. For me it was an easy deal. I had to finish my contract at Waasland-Beveren and they weren’t very happy because I managed them last year and we survived, but this was an opportunity to go to a bigger club and see how it goes in England. Everybody dreams of a big team in England. If a train passes you by and you can jump on it to a place like Charlton then you are happy. I very much look forward to starting the job.” B.P. 3rd June 2014

What They Said At The End: “It was a very difficult decision to reach. We had been very supportive of Bob until the very last moment, but the disappointing nature of performances and results in recent matches forced us to look at the situation. Despite recent rumours in the media we had not considered this option until after Saturday’s game. We have won just once in the past 12 matches and with the January transfer window open it is an important time of the season for the club. We feel this is the right decision for the club and I have asked Damian Matthew and Ben Roberts to take temporary charge. I have no doubts they will do an excellent job taking care of the side for the time being. KM 12th January 2015

Also Goodbye To: Patrick Van Houdt (Senior Professional Development Coach) and Guy Kiala (Performance Analyst).  

Summary: Bob’s tenure at Charlton came in two parts. The club got off to a good start and were the last team in the division to suffer a defeat. However, with a thin squad the team lost its way and recorded its last victory back in November against Reading. At the point of Bob’s departure, the team had more draws than anyone else in the division and even these had become hard to come by at the end. Although fans were sympathetic to the lack of options available, criticisms were raised about lack of alternative approaches, zonal marking and playing players out of position.  There were also rumours of disputes with members of the team.

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