Riga to take crash course in Charlton-Millwall rivalry

08:30 14 March 2014

Charlton Athletic Manager Jose Riga on the touchline. Picture: Stephen Pond/EMPICS

Charlton Athletic Manager Jose Riga on the touchline. Picture: Stephen Pond/EMPICS

EMPICS Sport

New Charlton head coach Jose Riga has reassured fans that he will be brought up to speed on the club’s rivalry with Millwall ahead of Saturday’s south-east London derby.

Riga was brought in by Addicks owner Roland Duchatelet just hours after the sacking of Chris Powell, and the former Standard Liege boss watched his side draw 0-0 with Huddersfield in his first game in charge on Wednesday night.

Charlton are bottom of the Championship, three four points behind Ian Holloway’s Millwall, and have not won at The Den since 1995.

Riga is a newcomer to English football and, asked if he is aware of the rivalry between the two sides, he said: “More and more, yes.

“Some players were already speaking about that game [before the Huddersfield game] and the staff too.

“I know that it’s very important not only because we have to win games and take points but because it’s a derby.

“I think, day after day, I will know more about it.”

Coaches Alex Dyer and Damian Matthew are the men charged with briefing Riga on the rivalry.

Dyer said: “Between now and the game we will discuss it and we will come up with answers.

“I will brief him on the reaction between the two [sets of] supporters, the crowd, the rivalry.

“They already know a little bit but by the time me and Damo speak to them, they will know a lot more. We all know what it means to this football club.”

Riga has yet to pen a contract with Charlton and hinted that his long-term future at the club depends on whether they beat the drop.

“I have a challenge,” he said. “We know how many games until the end of the season. I hope I will not wait until the last game to be sure that we stay in this division.”

Asked if he wants to be at Charlton next season, he said: “I don’t know. I’m not the guy who decides. The most important is the present.

“I don’t want to say too much because it’s only the first game. It was not easy in two days to build something consistent. All together we have done it, now it’s a second step.”

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

A knot of very hardy Liverpool supporters will be travelling to Bulgaria this week to watch their team play Ludogorets. Welcome to Razgrad!

Read more

ScarJo (don’t tell her we called her that) turns 30 today. We wonder if she’ll be taking another trip to Disneyland?

Read more

How can football clubs be expected to act morally when the game is not being protected by the people at the top?

Read more

Promotions

Gamucci is a global leader and premier brand of electronic cigarettes

Gamucci has an electronic cigarette tailored for every need! We have a range of both disposable and rechargeable electronic cigarettes suitable for all adult smokers. And for a limited time we’re offering up to 40% off.

Money saving Christmas gifts to add to your shopping list!

It’s nearly time to go on the hunt for Christmas presents, stuck on what to get for your nearest and dearest? We’ve picked out a selection of great deals to get you started and to help you save some pennies!

TOP STORIES

Quizzes

Try our fiendishly difficult new Arsenal quiz! Picture: PA

This new quiz will test even the most devoted Arsenal fans’ knowledge...

Read more
Bob Peeters the Charlton Athletic manager  (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)

Charlton boss Bob Peeters is hoping The Valley atmosphere will not affect his Addicks players in their crunch south east London derby with Millwall on Saturday.

Read more
Charlton Athletic's Igor Vetokele is mobbed by his team-mates. Picture: Daniel Hambury/EMPICS Sport

Charlton manager Bob Peeters has confirmed star striker Igor Vetokele could miss Saturday’s huge south east London derby against Millwall.

Read more
Charlton are looking for their first win over Millwall since 1996. Picture: Daniel Hambury/EMPICS Sport

Addicks blogger Alex Stedman looks ahead to Saturday’s south London derby showdown at The Valley…

Read more

Millwall Transfer News

Bob Peeters the Charlton Athletic manager  (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)

Charlton boss Bob Peeters is hoping The Valley atmosphere will not affect his Addicks players in their crunch south east London derby with Millwall on Saturday.

Read more
Charlton Athletic's Igor Vetokele is mobbed by his team-mates. Picture: Daniel Hambury/EMPICS Sport

Charlton manager Bob Peeters has confirmed star striker Igor Vetokele could miss Saturday’s huge south east London derby against Millwall.

Read more
Charlton are looking for their first win over Millwall since 1996. Picture: Daniel Hambury/EMPICS Sport

Addicks blogger Alex Stedman looks ahead to Saturday’s south London derby showdown at The Valley…

Read more
West Ham's Mark Noble and QPR's Charlie Austin both feature in our uncapped England XI. Pictures: Getty

Roy Hodgson has vowed to give everyone a chance in the current England set-up, and youngsters, as well as blasts from the past, are working their way into his plans. We at London24 Sport have compiled an XI made up of players who are yet to get that all important first cap.

Read more