Addicks turn to Pardew

24 December 2006 07:20
Charlton Athletic have sensationally parted company with head coach Les Reed, with former West Ham manager Alan Pardew having agreed a deal to take charge at The Valley. Reed had started the season as assistant to Iain Dowie, but the latter was shown the door after just 15 games in charge, with the Addicks struggling near the foot of the Premiership table. Reed took over but was unable to mastermind a change in fortunes, as Charlton won only one game in eight under their second manager of the season. The final straw was a 2-0 defeat at Middlesbrough on Saturday, with the Addicks having crashed out of the Carling Cup in midweek, losing 1-0 at home in their quarter-final against League Two Wycombe Wanderers. Pardew has been out of work for less than a fortnight, having been axed by the Hammers after a poor start to the new season. However, the former Reading boss guided the Irons to the FA Cup final last season, while they also finished ninth in the table on their return to the top-flight. Pardew has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with Charlton, where he spent nearly four years as a player back in the early 1990s.

Source: ESA