Charlton Athletic manager Bob Peeters has said that he is prepared to give the club’s young players a chance in the first team.
Former Milwall striker Peeters was named as the new manager at The Valley last month following the departure of Jose Riga.
And in an interview with the club’s website yesterday, he told of how he is willing to give youth players a chance:
“I am very, very happy to be at a traditional club with good fans and a good academy.
“I am a coach who likes to work with young guns.
“In Belgium I was a manager who let a lot of young players make their debut and I like to give people a chance to show they can do a job.”
As well as putting his faith in the youth team, Peeters also spoke of how he jumped at the chance to join The Addicks:
“There was interest in me from some teams, but the owner contacted me and asked if I was prepared to take the job. I asked when the next flight was.
“For me to have an offer from a traditional club like Charlton meant I wanted to come straight away. However I still had a contract with Waasland-Beveren.
“I ceased my contract with Waasland-Beveren and went to Charlton to negotiate a deal to be Head Coach.
“For me it was an easy decision. I know the Championship and I know Charlton and, along with Damian Matthew [Peeters’ assistant] and the coaching staff, we are going to be a good team,” he said.
“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.”
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