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first_img Katrien Meire watches on as Charlton lose to Burnley 1 Charlton remain committed to recruiting a British manager and overhauling their transfer policy despite missing out on Chris Wilder, according to chief executive Katrien Meire.The recent resignation of Jose Riga means the Addicks are pursuing a new manager for the sixth time since the sacking of Chris Powell in March 2014, and earlier this week they were close to appointing Wilder following his impressive body of work at Northampton.As talks progressed a final agreement was unable to be reached, however, and amid reports the club had refused to give full control of transfers to Wilder, he has since joined Sheffield United.Meire remains as unpopular among the club’s fans as the owner they consistently protest against, Roland Duchatelet, but she has revealed Charlton have already identified alternative candidates to Wilder, who she claims lost interest after an approach from “another club”.“It got out, we got a signed agreement, there was a clause in there he had full control over player recruitment, but he gets approached by another club,” the 31-year-old Belgian told Press Association Sport.“We’re looking now into the process and we have several British or English experienced managers. We’re looking into it.“(The new manager needs) experience and also – what we think was one of the main problems – (to overcome) so many poor moments of discipline among the players.“(He’ll need to) go back to the core Charlton is about – a hard-working footballing team – and make everybody work for the same kind of goal.“(It’s) not just general discipline problems, but somebody that can bring a team spirit back.“It’s disruptive to your business (to have so many managerial changes) and that’s why we are now relegated. We had too many managers in a short time.”Should Meire succeed in recruiting a British successor to Riga, he would represent the first British managerial appointment under Duchatelet since he assumed control of the club in January 2014.Since then, under Belgians Bob Peeters and Karel Fraeye, Riga – who has been manager twice – and Israel’s Guy Luzon, Charlton have gradually declined to the extent they were recently relegated to Sky Bet League One.Their poor record in appointing managers has been criticised as much as the players they have bought, but Meire believes it is a misconception they only sign those from within Duchatelet’s network of clubs, even if she recognises numerous mistakes have been made.“We only did one (signing from within the network) last season and that’s it,” said Meire. “But the main focus for League One will be obviously recruiting experience from League One, League Two and some Championship, I think.“It’s too early (to say how transfers will change). Probably we recruited players that didn’t play enough games (in the) seasons before, so when they started playing for us their load was too high and they got too quickly injured.“That’s why we ended up with lots of injuries.”last_img read more

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