Addicks: Reed's in charge

15 November 2006 08:12
Charlton Athletic have confirmed that Les Reed is their new head coach on a permanent basis and that they will not be looking for another man to replace Iain Dowie. Reed has been promoted from the role of assistant coach at The Valley and Mark Robson has moved up to fill that role, with the Addicks seeking a new face to complete a three-man team. Chief executive Peter Varney told the club's official website: "We've made it quite clear this is not a stop-gap. Les has got the top job and Mark has got the assistant's job. "The only thing that might change is a third person may come in to assist at reserve-team level. "I think the main thing is we need stability. When you think there are things wrong with the structure of a team, the best people to know are the people who are working here at the moment. "If somebody new came in it would take them a period of weeks to find that out. "We now have four particularly important games coming up against sides you might say in a normal season we would be likely to get points against. "Look at Les' background and particularly his international background with England and the FA. "Add to that a very young, aggressive, up-and-coming coach in Mark Robson and we think they are a good team. "Yes, it is a gamble, but the thing we need is stability and we think we have got the right mix here to get us out of this mess we are in at the moment."

Source: ESA