Reed vows to stay and get it right

December 21, 2006

Under fire Charlton head coach Les Reed has remained defiant - and declared he was the man to turn things around.

The Addicks crashed out of the Carling Cup to Wycombe in midweek, to compound what has already been a disastrous season, with the south-east London club second bottom of the Premiership.

Sections of The Valley faithful let their feelings be known both during and after Tuesday's night's match, directing their criticism on both Reed an his players.

However the 54-year-old former technical director of the FA declared he had 'no regrets' about stepping up to the position following the sacking of former boss Iain Dowie after a disastrous 15-game reign last month.

Reed said: 'After the game on Tuesday I had a long conversation with the chairman and we discussed what we can do to move forward.

'We need to get results and also be active in the transfer window.

'I'm going to do all I can to turn things round. The way we are going to get out of this is by being together.

'We have to get the best out of the players we have got.

'These next three matches are crucial for us.

'It is very tough but if I didn't think I was able to take it, then I would not have accepted the job.

'It is still an honour for me to be manager of this club. I am a Charlton fan and if I was not there on the sidelines coaching I would be up in the stands cheering them on.

'I have no regrets and am sure that I will turn things around and get out of this.'

Charlton head to Middlesbrough on Saturday with doubts over several players.

Jerome Thomas (virus), Darren Ambrose (knee), Dennis Rommedahl (foot), Hermann Hreidarsson (Achilles) and Radostin Kishishev (calf) all face fitness tests.

Midfielder Andy Reid (hamstring) is a major doubt, while captain Luke Young (knee) will miss the whole of the Christmas period.

The Charlton boss also revealed he had not given up hope of signing Hibernian midfield duo Scott Brown and Kevin Thomson after the Edinburgh club rejected their £3million offer.