Pardew to manage Charlton
FORMERWestHam manager Alan Pardew was yesterday named the new manager of struggling Premiership side Charlton, replacing Les Reed who had only been in charge since November.
Pardew, who was sacked by West Ham earlier this month, signed a 3+-year deal and becomes the south London club’s third manager this season.
Reed was promoted from the role of assistant manager in midNovember when Iain Dowie lost his job with the Addicks bottom of the Premiership, but has failed to turn their fortunes around during his month at the helm.
Dowie had taken over from Alan Curbishley who has since replaced Pardew at West Ham.
‘‘Les Reed has left his position as Charlton’s head coach by mutual consent,’’ the club announced in a statement.
‘‘Alan Pardew will take charge of the Addicks and has signed a 3+-year contract.’’
Reed, a former Football Association technical director, watched his side slip to a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of fellow strugglers Middlesbrough on Saturday and that was the final straw for the Charlton board.
The loss left the club second from bottom of the table and seven points from safety.
Reed managed just one win from his eight games in charge and presided over last week’s League Cup quarter-final defeat at home to League Two Wycombe.
Pardew will take charge of his first match at The Valley today against Fulham.