Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I Didn't Stab Dowie in Back, Says New Valley Boss Reed

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I Didn't Stab Dowie in Back, Says New Valley Boss Reed

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Byline: KEN DYER

LES REED today denied he played any part in Iain Dowie's departure from Charlton and insisted he does have the managerial experience to keep the club in the Premiership.

The former assistant head coach has taken the main job on a permanent basis after Dowie's six-month reign ended on Monday night.

Dowie was axed because of the team's poor start to the season and a deteriorating relationship with the board as their recently-created management structure started to show the cracks.

That Reed was immediately promoted in his place may have provoked suspicion about manoeuvring behind the scenes, but the former Football Association technical director said: "That is not my style.

I would never do that.

"People who know me or who have worked with me know that is not me. Iain and I had a good relationship and we have exchanged messages since all this happened. I wish him well and I am sure he will not be out of a job for long.

"Any success in the immediate future he must take a lot of credit for."

Reed's only previous club management experience was in non-league but he has coached England teams at every age level including the senior side.

He held a range of key posts with the FA in two stints which lasted 13 years and had been working as a consultant for various football federations before returning to Charlton, where he was first-team coach for three years in the 1990s, in the summer.

Critics question Reed's lack of experience but he said: "I don't see that at all. Try working at the FA, being responsible for more than 50 staff, a budget of [pounds sterling]31million and answering to two boards of directors. I haven't managed at top club level but the principles are the same.

"While at the FA I dealt with many high profile players - David Beckham, Tony Adams, Steve Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand. …

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