Who is Jose Riga?


RigaUntil yesterday, I had never heard of Charlton manager Jose Riga.

Yesterday, it was reported that Reece Oxford’s loan to Charlton has been cancelled by the Addicks’ boss   as the Belgian coach has no idea who the young defender come midfielder is.

Has Mr Riga been living under a rock or something for the last few years?

Reece Oxford produced one of the most impressive debuts in Premier League history earlier this season, starring in the West Ham midfield as the Hammers won 2-0 at Arsenal on the opening day of the season.

Reece-OxfordThe youngster – then 16 – was hailed for his maturity and composure in owning Mesut Ozil in his pocket for most of the match. Oxford has made just 3 Premier League appearances since that incredible debut, as Slaven Bilic opts for experience over the raw talent of Oxford.

In recent weeks he has been linked with interest from Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal all of which know exactly who he is and what he can do.

In search of increased game time, he was expected to complete a loan move to the Championship side but it appears the manager threw his toys out his pram.

Riga allegedly vetoed the move after the deal in the 11th hour because the deal was agreed without his consent. Talks are now under way to see if the loan deal can been salvaged with Riga watching youtube clips of Oxford.

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  • JIMRSA says:

    Well it seems this no one knows Roger the relegator who can help take them down . . . I think they should pull out from the deal . . . give Nolan a call at Orient and load him there so he can get some game time.

    Charlton, helped keep them alive with ground share . . . and then they get all hectic on OS . . . and no this farcical story.

  • Bangkokbill says:

    Sounds like a naff manager to me 😉

  • bubs says:

    Google does not work in Belgium poor old Roger
    But I googled him today and it clearly said looser
    We should look elsewhere for a club or keep him close to the first team

  • sparrow says:

    It is hard to imagine there are not some Championship clubs whose sides would be considerably enhanced by the presence of Oxford. I wouldn’t let him go to Charlton now, their clown of a manager probably wouldn’t play him, a touch of the Sam Syndrome.

  • johnboy says:

    I wouldn’t give them nothing after the OS campaign!! Happy relegation and were still going to the OS !

  • winslow says:

    What a farce, the lad clearly did not want to go and now this clown turns him down, bring him home and give him game time in our first team as a sub when things are going our way in games later in the season, he wont let us down…

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