Guy Luzon has revealed he never had the final say on transfers at Charlton.

The former Addicks boss, who was sacked last October, says "the network scout" was behind the signings.

Owner Roland Duchatelet has blamed the club's disappointing season partly on the signings made in the summer while Luzon was in charge.

The Belgian millionaire claimed last month that “the manager plays a crucial role” in player recruitment at Charlton.

However, Luzon, 40, insists he never had the final say on incoming players, putting him at odds with Duchatelet's "crucial role" assertion.

Luzon told News Shopper: “I was not the one who chose how to do the recruitment – the last say was from the network scout, not from me.

“The transfers were done through the scout in Belgium and he was the person who had the last say about players at Charlton.

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Guy Luzon

“I would give him my opinion on a certain player but the last say was from the network scout.”

Charlton signed many players from the continent last summer but failed to recruit a single English or British star, leaving the squad short of experienced Championship battlers.

In his interview with the club on February 12, Duchatelet said: “We rely heavily on our scouts in England and also in Europe.

“Of course, the manager plays a crucial role as well, so now it's Jose Riga playing a role in selection.

“Before it was the other head coaches who were involved in selection, so it takes teamwork to really identify players.

“Then, of course, you have to discuss and negotiate with them so that's mainly the role of Katrien [Meire].

“We have made mistakes this year, therefore we need to do better in the future - we have to become better, especially in England.”

News Shopper: Roland Duchatelet. PICTURE BY EDMUND BOYDEN.

Roland Duchatelet

Luzon’s ten-month spell at the Valley makes him the longest-serving manager under Duchatelet.

Following his appointment in January last year, the Israeli’s first few games were met with a chorus of boos in a toxic atmosphere.

However, seven wins from nine games towards the back-end of the campaign saw Charlton finish 12th in the Championship.

The South Londoners were unbeaten for four league games at the start of this season – but a winless run stretching to nearly two months resulted in Luzon's dismissal.

The ex-Israel U21 boss holds no hard feelings and hopes Charlton can avoid relegation.

Luzon added: “I will not say one bad thing about the club or the president – I’m not that kind of guy. I’m always going to be loyal to any team that I’ve worked for.

“It was tough at first but in the end I had a great relationship with the fans - that’s always very important.

“I hope that they will survive and stay in the Championship.”

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