Charlton Athletic fans aren’t too cheerful at the moment.

Their team head to Huddersfield Town second bottom of the Championship.

And Saturday’s 2-1 FA Cup third-round defeat at League I strugglers Colchester United has hardly improved things.

The Londoners haven’t won in nine matches all told.

Thousands of supporters protested against the club’s owner, Roland Duchatelet, after the 1-1 home draw with Nottingham Forest on January 2.

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Charlton have won just twice in their last 22 fixtures.

While there has been talk of bringing back Jose Riga, there has been no permanent replacement for former manager Guy Luzon, sacked in October after a poor run of form, with his former assistant Karel Fraeye still in charge on an ‘interim’ basis.

Belgian Duchatelet took over the club two years ago.

In that time, he has dismissed four managers, including club hero and ex-Town boss Chris Powell and his fellow Belgian Riga, who later bossed Blackpool.

Jose Riga

Players have been sold without significant replacements, with fans claiming the club are overly reliant on youngsters brought through from the academy and players from Duchatelet’s network of clubs across Europe.

Duchatelet and chief executive Katrien Meire have also declined to enter into dialogue with former chief executive Peter Varney, who has shown an interest in helping the club.

“Roland Duchatelet is a wealthy man,” said Varney.

“He has the ability to fund a progression of the club on and off the pitch, and he has already done some good things at The Valley and the training ground.

“It is an inescapable fact, however, that it is the performances on the pitch which define the level and mood of supporters.

“The owner will one day come to realise how his asset is being depreciated day by day.

“With a £7m reduction in income staring him in the face should relegation happen, he will need to have a good business plan going forward.”

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