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  • Nickname:The Addicks
  • Founded:1905
  • Manager:José Riga
  • Ground:The Valley
  • Capacity:27111
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20 Dec 2006 - 08:47:22

Charlton Athletic chief executive Peter Varney insists the club will not be making another managerial change before the end of the season.

The Addicks axed Iain Dowie earlier in the campaign and appointed Les Reed as his replacement, but results and performances have not improved and the club remain in dire trouble near the foot of the Premiership table.

Speaking before Tuesday's Carling Cup exit to League Two side Wycombe Wanderers, Varney said: "People were making a lot about Les' background in terms of professional football, in the media particularly though not so much the fans.

"But we had the same letters about Lennie Lawrence when he was appointed manager (in 1982), and perhaps even more so about Alan Curbishley who was a player just stepping onto the coaching ladder. Fifteen years later, you know the story about Alan Curbishley.

"We have got every confidence in the team we've put together of Les Reed, Mark Robson and Mark Kinsella but they haven't had the opportunity to make some of the changes they would like to make. Obviously that period is now coming up (in January)."

Asked about bringing in another new manager, Varney added: "We won't. We are very confident this situation will turn around here.

"It was an early decision (to replace Dowie) after 12 games but we felt we had to make that change."

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