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Bob speaks

Here in his native tongue.

You can spin it through Google Translator, but if you allow me to paraphrase it for you, Peeters says he was “idolised” by fans, and he thought he had a good relationship with Katrien Meire, but they ended up in conflict. The supporters could see we needed better players, but the owner thought he was exaggerating.

Our goal was mid-table, avoid any relegation drama, and bring on the young ‘guns.’ We were achieving that, even though Peeters accepts that we were on a bad run.

Meire indicated that his job was safe leading up to the Brighton the game, so it is strange that he was sacked the next day.

The media may write that the staff didn’t get on with him, but Peeters was unaware of any issues and the press reports are not true. He wouldn’t normally say anything but what has been said isn’t right. The players and fans liked him. Some of the players are unhappy that Luzon has taken over but it is none of his business anymore.

He added that it is strange that an assistant can ultimately determine his fate.

The last sentence is interesting and would point to Damian Matthew going to Meire and maybe giving her some insight into what actually was going on amongst the players and coaching staff.

There has been talk of divides between senior players and also that Peeters, Patrick Van Houdt (Bob’s brother-in-law) and Guy Kiala would criticize players and fellow coaches in their native tongue behind backs causing conflict.

Obviously the training ground was not a happy place, but it is fair to say that Peeters still had the support of the majority of supporters. Although being “idolised” is pushing it somewhat.

Matthew has been at Charlton since 2006 and would have worked with Les Reed, Iain Dowie, Alan Pardew, Phil Parkinson, Chris Powell, Paul Hart, Jason Euell, Jose Riga and Peeters. He will have good knowledge of when something is going sideways.

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Alan #

    So very clear that our owner was happy with mid table and had no vision after our start to bring new players in and certainly was satisfied that we still didnt need any after Dec/Jan results. He wants to build this team on youth only coming through the ranks. The problem with that theory is that few make it and the ones that do we sell off to cash in on them and why would they want to stay anyway..

    Whatever the truth of the matter, it only shows what a mess this is. And for the players, be careful what you wish for!

    January 19, 2015
    • I would say that is correct Alan. I remember how thrilled, and almost surprised when we had 22 points in October.

      January 19, 2015
  2. Brian #

    “Idolised” seems a bit of a google mistranslation of “gedragen”, which only really means “supported”, which is a fair enough thing for him to say.

    January 19, 2015
  3. Bob Miller #

    CA, once again, the “Google” translation is really quite rough and certainly not the best. Frankly, I interpreted the “assistant” comment as referencing Katrien herself, being the assistant to Duchatelet, as opposed to one of Bob’s assistants.

    January 19, 2015
    • Good point Bob. I may have headed down the wrong street with the Matthew connection.

      January 19, 2015
  4. Nigel Reddick #

    This is all a bit Rennaissance Italy CA, isn;t it!

    Pembury Addick

    January 19, 2015
  5. Martin Cowan #

    For 1 against 12 since the 20 December says it all. Dark days indeed. While Peeters may say events have been misreported, there was clearly a big problem. I recall reading that he was seen remonstrating with JJ when the players left the pitch in the Blackburn cup game – the results and the performances latterly under Peeters seemed to demonstrate that something had gone wrong. However, it is hard to see that where we are now is any kind of improvement. After the farce of the alleged selection procedure to get the new coach, we now find he could wait for at least 10 days to get his work permit. That takes us to after Wolves and Rotherham, by which time we really could be in the mire. Or should that be the Meire? So much the for new manager bounce – we were lucky Watford did’t get 8 or 9 by all accounts, an abject performance by so called professional footballers. Weren’t they all playing for their places under the new coach? More like they are trying to get out the door. It’s hard to see where the next three points are coming from.

    January 19, 2015
  6. David Todman #

    Clearly then ‘factions’ in the dressing room. and how will that get better with Luzon another Rolland ‘man’ and he can’t even speak proper English……..What a can of worms
    What with that a Meire looking like a 1 st year intern (RESIGN FFS) Scunthorpe here we come.

    January 20, 2015
  7. Skudds #

    Do you all remember RD when he was interviewed after sacking Chris Powell,he said,”have I made a mistake, yes or no? we shall see”

    January 20, 2015

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