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Addicks axe falls on Pardew
22 Nov 2008 - 19:58:05
Charlton Athletic have parted company with Alan Pardew after Saturday's 5-2 home defeat to Sheffield United left the Addicks in the relegation zone.
Charlton have failed to win any of the last eight matches and hundreds of fans called for Pardew's removal after the final whistle.
After the drubbing, Pardew admitted he feared the worst, saying: "Of course I'm going to fear for my position when the results have been so poor and the goals we've conceded have made it so difficult for the team to play.
"I'm not sitting here thinking everything is happy glory. We can go to QPR on Tuesday and get through the Christmas period.
"My ego isn't that big but I still believe in what I can do. My record up until coming to this club has been very good but it's been difficult here.
"This was a club that was on the slide when I arrived and I haven't been able to stop that. And I had expected to do that even with the funds that were available.
"We're in a sticky situation and I have to accept whatever decision is made.
"But my position is at the moment that I have a contract here and a responsibility to my players and my staff to be as strong as I can. I can honestly say that we put every effort in this week and it just hasn't worked out."
The former Reading and West Ham United manager had been in charge at The Valley since December 2006.
Assistant boss Phil Parkinson has been appointed caretaker-manager until a permanent appointment is made.