Karel Fraeye has been relieved of his duties as Head Coach of Charlton Athletic after his side lost 5-0 to fellow strugglers Huddersfield Town on Tuesday evening.
Mark Hudson and Nahki Wells both capitalised on poor Charlton defending in the opening 45 minutes, before a further 3 goals in the second half ensured the points for the Terriers in an emphatic victory.
Reza Ghoochannejhad was shown a second yellow card only minutes from time, confirming a miserable return home for the travelling Charlton fans.
Charlton released a statement regarding Fraeye’s future the following day:
“Charlton Athletic have relieved Karel Fraeye of his duties as Interim head coach,” confirmed the club in a statement.
“The club would like to place on record its thanks to Karel for his tireless work and the many positive contributions he made to the wider football setup at Charlton.
“First-team coach Wim de Corte, assisted by Jason Euell, will take charge of the Charlton team for the Hull City match on Saturday.”
Fraeye had initially been brought in as an interim to replace Guy Luzon, who was sacked in October. However, 2 wins in 14 games have left the Addicks second-bottom of the table, with only 4 wins in the entire season and with the worst goal difference in the Championship.
Fraeye had been the fifth manager appointed at The Valley since Roland Duchatelet became the majority shareholder in the club in January 2014. Since then, Charlton fans have made their opinions clear of the Dutch owner, with thousands protesting outside of their stadium after their 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest.
With Duchatelet looking for his 6th manager in just under 2 years, and Charlton looking unlikely to escape relegation as things stand, the new year is set to be a miserable one for the South London club.