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Pardew Breathes New Life Into Charlton FC

Programma%20Charlton%20Athletic Pardew Breathes New Life Into Charlton FCMerry Christmas to all EPL Talk readers worldwide. While many of us are opening presents or giving them to our loved ones, Charlton fans will have something to cheer about this morning knowing that manager Les Reed has been replaced by Alan Pardew.

While I believe Charlton made the correct decision in sacking Iain Dowie, the board made the rash decision to replace the former West Ham player with Les Reed. It was a short-sighted, risky and idiotic move. Thankfully, the Charlton board was honest enough with themselves to sack Reed and replace him with Pardew.

Even though Pardew has a huge task in front of him, I believe Charlton has finally found their right man to replace Alan Curbishley. Pardew did wonders at Reading and West Ham United (until this season’s collapse), and his charisma will undoubtedly infuse the players with enough self-belief to start winning matches again and hopefully mount a serious relegation escape.

The last time Charlton was out of the Premiership was the 1999-2000 season. It’d be a shame to see Addicks fall out of the top league the way they’re playing now. With some good acquisitions in the January transfer window, expect to see a new Charlton in the second half of the season.

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2 Responses to Pardew Breathes New Life Into Charlton FC

  1. Kartik says:

    I think Chalrton got the better end of its “manager swap” with West Ham. I personally think Pardew is a much better manager than Curbishley and think he got a really raw deal from the new owner of the Hammers. He is more responsible than anybody for making Reading FC, a traditional lower league club what it is today (even though Coppell is there for the glory) and until Tevez and Mascarano (sp?) were forced on him, he had West Ham playing its best Football in years. Pardew could save the Addicks from the drop.

  2. Simon Burke says:

    Going to be interesting but i think West Ham were right to off Pardew who had his team playing dire football at the end – 4-0 to Bolton was brutal. Curbs is a good manager and is off toa good start, West Ham need a top striker to put the ball in the goal as they have too many near misses. Charlton I think are doomed, I like Pardew and think he is a good fit but feelwith the time he has left and the lack of funds that he wont be able to save them. They are a long way off safety right now and badly need to beat Fulham today.

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