Friday, November 24, 2006


Charlton confirm Reed as Dowie's replacement

LONDON (AFP) - Struggling Premiership side Charlton have named former assistant Les Reed as their new head coach to replace Iain Dowie who was sacked on Monday.

The club brought a premature end to Dowie's reign after Saturday's 3-2 defeat at Wigan left the Addicks with a meagre eight points out of a maximum 36.

Reed, who has been named in his post on a permanent basis, will take charge for the weekend Premiership clash at Reading when The Addicks will be bidding to get off the foot of the table.

The London club also named Mark Robson, their development coach, as his new assistant.

Dowie, 41, took over from Alan Curbishley on a three-year deal in May after a controversial move from Crystal Palace.

He has spent almost 10 million pounds since taking over and despite a poor Premiership run has led Charlton to the quarter-finals of the League Cup.

Charlton chief executive Peter Varney said the club are "probably" looking for a third person to come in and help the pair.

Plc chairman Richard Murray said Dowie was sacked after a review of the club's structure.

"We had to consider if we believed our current situation would improve and we reluctantly came to the conclusion that it would not," said Murray.

"It is vital everyone works as a team in this situation. Unfortunately, I have to say that hasn't been the case."

Dowie is the first Premiership manager to lose his job this season.

Dowie had received a vote of confidence late Monday from an unexpected source - his former chairman at Crystal Palace, Simon Jordan.

Jordan, despite taking his former manager to court over last summer's move to The Valley, told Sky Sports News: "I think Charlton haven't really given him a chance.

"It's a shame because Iain is a bright young coach, and he's a strong character. One of the things Iain brings to a football team is strong leadership."

After a playing career which took in spells at West Ham, Southampton and Palace as well as a distinguished international career with Northern Ireland, Dowie took his first steps into management at Oldham.

He led them to the Division Two (now League One) play-offs in 2003 but after financial trouble hit the club, he moved on to Palace in 2003.

The south London club were languishing in 19th in Division One but a sensational run of form saw them reach the end-of-season play-offs and earn promotion to the Premiership.

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