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Charlton Athletic Football Club

  • Nickname:The Addicks
  • Founded:1905
  • Manager:José Riga
  • Ground:The Valley
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Reed targets revival

17 Nov 2006 - 10:41:36

Charlton Athletic manager Les Reed has promised not to make wholesale changes at the club as he tries to lift the Addicks off the foot of the Premiership table.

Reed has been placed in charge of the club following Iain Dowie's shock exit earlier this week and is determined to make his mark at managerial level.

In the build-up to Saturday's crunch clash against Reading, Reed said: "I don't think the fans want to see a complete revolution. They want to see a team which is passionate, well-organised and appears to be well-coached.

"That's what I intend to give them. Inevitably, though, I will make changes, and have the normal problems managers have in picking and dropping players.

"I have a different personality to Iain, and that will be the obvious difference in the way I communicate with the players. I've told them this isn't about a new broom sweeping clean - it's about building on the foundations which we've got.

"I'd have much preferred to get this job in different circumstances, but because of the decisive action in terms of my appointment straight away, I don't have a shadow hanging over me - there's no Glenn Hoddle or George Graham in the background waiting to see what happens.

"I am passionate, but I'm not going to be over-excitable, all of which have helped me to relieve pressure - but who knows? Once we kick off, it could change."


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