Charlton hopeful of appointing Northampton’s Chris Wilder as their new boss

first_imgCharlton Athletic are close to appointing Chris Wilder as their new manager, talkSPORT understands.Jose Riga resigned as the Addicks’ boss on Saturday having been unable to prevent them from being relegated to League One.The south London club have been prepared for his departure for a number of weeks and Northampton’s Wilder is their number one choice to replace Riga.talkSPORT can reveal an approach was made for the 48-year-old last week and Wilder travelled to Belgium to talk to Charlton’s beleaguered owner Roland Duchatelet.Duchatelet has been lambasted for his running of the club since completing his takeover in January 2014 but is refusing calls to sell up and and hopes the appointment of a British boss will go some way to appeasing fans.Wilder has enjoyed an outstanding spell at Northampton, taking them from the brink of relegation to the Conference to League Two champions, and is highly regarded in the game.He had reservations about taking over at The Valley given the growing unrest among supporters and Duchatelet’s penchant for sacking managers – he has seen off FIVE bosses in two-and-a-half years.But Wilder has been assured by the Belgian businessman he will be given time to put his stamp on the club and, crucially, he has been told he will have full control over transfers.And he is ready to leave Northampton to take on the challenge of reviving the former Premier League side, with Charlton hopeful of agreeing a compensation package with the Cobblers early this week. Chris Wilder 1last_img read more