Charlton next manager: Five bosses to save them from relegation
Jamie Clark, Sports Editor | October 24, 2015
Losing a London derby 3-0 at home to Brentford has left Charlton Athletic in the Championship relegation zone, and they have sacked head coach Guy Luzon after 36 games in charge.
Coral now make the Addicks odds-on at 8/11 to go down this season following a 10-game winless run across all competitions.
South London side Charlton are looking for their fifth different boss since Belgian investor Roland Duchatelet became their owner, so here are five managers that he could now turn to…
Paolo Di Canio
Fiery Italian forward Di Canio cut his coaching teeth at Swindon Town where he steered them to the League Two title, and then had 13 ill-fated games with Sunderland, saving them from Premier League relegation.
Spending the 2003/04 campaign at The Valley under Alan Curbishley, this represents a realistic opportunity for Di Canio to return to management. Histrionics, strict methods and all-round controversy tends to follow this West Ham United cult hero round, however.
Gillingham boss Edinburgh, who played most famously for Spurs, has seen his profile raised by an excellent start to the League One season with the Kent club and they top their division.
His stock has never been higher, having steered Newport County out of the Conference, but would a relegation scrap at Charlton make for a wise swap with the Gills’ promotion push?
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Like Di Canio, Dutch frontman Hasselbaink spent a season at the Addicks in 2006/07. Just as Edinburgh is doing with Gillingham, he is flying high with a modest club at Burton Albion.
With the Brewers only out of an automatic promotion place in the third tier on goal difference, Hasselbaink would take some convincing, however, to come and turn things around at Charlton.
Out of work since being sacked by Wigan Athletic, former Watford and Cardiff City coach Mackay guided the Bluebirds to Premier League promotion, yet struggled to address the slide at the Latics.
Taking a job like the one on offer at The Valley and staving off relegation is one of the only ways to repair his damaged reputation.
Di Canio’s successor at Sunderland got sacked this spring and has stuck to punditry since. Poyet’s son Diego, now with West Ham, started his career with Charlton, though, and those family ties to the club could be a factor.
Excellent work with Brighton and Hove Albion, taking them from League One to the Championship play-offs shows how effective Poyet can be at this level. It’s whether or not the Addicks opportunity interests him or not that remains to be seen.