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Charlton Athletic move quickly to appoint Jose Riga as replacement for sacked manager Chris Powell

12 March 2014

Charlton Athletic have named former Standard Liege boss Jose Riga as their new manager.

Riga's appointment was confirmed on Tuesday, only after hours after Chris Powell was sacked.

The Belgian will take charge of the Championship strugglers for the first time when Charlton host Huddersfield at The Valley on Wednesday night.

Riga took Liege to the last 16 of the Europa League in the 2011/12 season, winning their group before going out to Hannover.

Earlier in this career, Riga won the Belgian second division with RAEC Mons for the first time in the club’s history in his first year in charge.

In the following season he led the side to a respectable ninth-place finish in the Jupiler Pro League before leaving in 2008.

In recent years Riga also spent time as technical director of Cercle Sportif Vise in Belgium and worked at the Aspire Academy in Qatar.

Powell was sacked by Charlton following their FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Sheffield United, with the club bottom of the Championship.

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