Riga still vague on Valley future after Watford victory

Callum Harriott opens the scoring. Pictures by Edmund Boyden.

Somewhere underneath all this is skipper Johnnie Jackson after he restored Charlton's lead

Callum Harriott celebrates making it 3-1

Charlton players complete a lap of honour

Jose Riga issues instructions

Ben Hamer saves at the feet of Troy Deeney

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Jose Riga remained coy on his future after guiding Charlton to Championship survival thanks to last night’s 3-1 victory over Watford at The Valley.

The Belgian, who is only contracted with the Addicks until the summer, saw a double from Callum Harriott and a solitary strike from Johnnie Jackson secure the club’s second tier status.

News Shopper: Somewhere underneath all this is skipper Johnnie Jackson after he restored Charlton's lead

And having taken over from Chris Powell with the club bottom of the league in March, Riga was eager to enjoy his achievement before even thinking about what lies ahead.

“I know about the football world and how situations are different,” said Riga.

“More of the time, when I am in charge of a club, I stay longer than a year but it depends on the situation.

“I was never really thinking about the future because then you can miss the present, which is the most important thing.

News Shopper: Callum Harriott celebrates making it 3-1

“You cannot think about that if you don’t succeed now.

“My future is not a problem.

News Shopper: Charlton players complete a lap of honour

“I have done my job and it is enough to be really happy. “We don’t have any appointments (with the board) yet.”

It has certainly been a rollercoaster for Riga in his 15-game spell in charge, with the matches coming thick and fast as a result of that earlier cup run and postponements.

Although he was unable to steer the club to back-to-back wins, Charlton still managed to pick up an impressive 21 points to ensure they will be playing Championship football again in August.

Despite some setbacks along the way, Riga always believed the Addicks would stay up.

Riga explained: “Before I took the team I knew that we will not always have good moments as there were a number of games with difficulty, sometimes three away games in a row, but I was convinced that we could do it together.

“If you asked me if I enjoy this competition and the people around me - the players, the stadium, the fans, the media - then yes I feel good.

News Shopper: Jose Riga issues instructions

“There are a lot of emotions when you take this responsibility.

“From day one I have been the same.

“I worked hard to find solutions and I couldn’t have done it alone.”

News Shopper: Ben Hamer saves at the feet of Troy Deeney

He added: “I built team around me before even thinking about the team of players.

“It was very hard because you have to discover it all, not just the team but your own team and you have to make decisions very quickly. I am like a player in that I can always improve but I like it here.

“I like England. I had heard so many times about the football and the passion and people coming into the stadium to enjoy games.

“As coach, I am looking for this kind of situation.”

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