Friday, May 26, 2006

Is it Dowie?

The club has announced that Charlton's new three man management team will be revealed at a press conference next Tuesday. Iain Dowie is in pole position, having been shown round Sparrows Lane yesterday afternoon. Accordint to the Daily Mirror the former Palace manager is to be offered a three year contract, no doubt to the chagrin of Simon Jordan.

Dowie will not be allowed to bring his own backroom staff with him which means we will not get his brother who was Director of Football at Palace. It has been suggested that there will be an enhanced role for popular Les Reed, who had much to do with Charlton's original promotion to the Premiership, in the new set up. Others think that Mark Robson will be involved or that Chris Powell may have a role.

According to The Guardian Sammy Lee is the second choice if the Dowie deal falls through. No doubt we will hear a lot from Palace fans about how he is a useless manager and will take us down. However, one has to take account of the fact that he will be working with Richard Murray rather than Simon Jordan and will be backed up by two other good coaches and a generally well run club.

However, Charlton could still spring a surprise. Richard Murray commented, 'I've interviewed more than 20 people for the job, but we're nearly there. Some have been leaked, but not from our end, and the majority haven't.'

Jonathan Fortune has signed a three year extension to his contract.


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