Former Charlton head coach Les Reed has revealed how he suggested stepping aside would be the best thing for the club - and has backed new boss Alan Pardew to guide the team to safety.
Reed was promoted from his role as assistant to Iain Dowie in mid-November, with the south-east London side facing a battle to stay in the Premiership.
His tenure, though, lasted just 41 days before Pardew's installation as the Addicks third manager of the season on Christmas Eve.
The 54-year-old former technical director of the Football Association told the club's matchday programme: 'Nobody told me it would be easy, but what I had not accounted for was the media campaign that would create a hostile environment in which I would have to work.
'This was instigated by football pundits on television who did not know me or this club well enough to comment, but who thought it was their place to approve or disapprove of Premiership managerial appointments.'
He added: 'It was against this background [chairman] Richard Murray and I had a very amicable discussion about doing what was best for the club, and I took the decision to step aside so Richard was able to get the ball rolling on Alan Pardew's appointment without delay. He is an excellent choice and a good friend.
'I would like to make it clear I would have done everything in my power to get this club out of trouble, but perhaps it was right man, right club, wrong time. My position had become untenable in circumstances not of my making and beyond my control.
'I had stated several times that I would not quit the job and betray the trust placed in me, so I did not walk away from the problem. I still believe in different circumstances I would have been a successful manager at Charlton and could still be a success elsewhere.'