Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Charlton Put on Show of Defiance over Reed Exit

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Charlton Put on Show of Defiance over Reed Exit

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CHARLTON chairman Richard Murray today defended the club's handling of Les Reed's sacking. The club's board have been criticised after chief executive Peter Varney publicly backed their former manager just four days before axing him and appointing Alan Pardew.

Murray said: "Peter said that because anything else would have been undermining Les. We gave Les a go and there has been no real improvement."

In the wake of the 1-0 Carling Cup defeat to Wycombe last week, Varney urged fans to keep faith with Reed, who would be given cash to spend in the transfer window.

Varney, who has been successful in building Charlton's image as a family club, now admits it was not a "nice" way for them to behave. He said: "I hold my hands up, we've gone back on something we've said and it's not nice to do that."

Pardew has vowed that the Charlton players he takes charge of for the first time against Fulham tonight will be given an equal chance to justify their places in the team.

Pardew is expected to be given a limited kitty when the transfer window opens next week, so his task of halting the club's freefall will be undertaken with the bulk of the squad he inherited from the failed regimes of Iain Dowie and Reed.

Dowie spent [pounds sterling]12m on new blood last summer - of whom perhaps only Andy Reid can be judged to have been a success - yet the third Charlton boss in two months knows he is going to have to do what was beyond his two predecessors.

"The players haven't disappointed me, have they?" said Pardew. "Because they haven't played under me, I can't judge them until they do. They have got a clean slate with me. That's what happens when you have a new manager. But I'm now the third manager here this season and will be letting them know that we don't want to have any more.

"I will be doing everything in my power to inspire what we've got here and then in the window look to bring in maybe one or two. I don't think there is a great deal of money about but I've always been able to operate well without big money. …

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