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On this day: Charlton Athletic sack Les Reed, hire Alan Pardew

Eight years ago today, struggling Premier League outfit Charlton Athletic sacked Les Reed and hired Alan Pardew.

If there was ever any doubt as to the standard of job that Alan Curbishley carried out during his 15-year stint in charge of Charlton Athletic, you only need to look at where the club finds itself today compared to where they were when he departed The Valley in 2006.

He was replaced that summer by Iain Dowie, but following two victories from 12 Premier League outings, the 41-year-old was relieved of his duties.

Rather than look elsewhere, the Addicks decided to appoint from within, handing the head coach's role to Dowie's assistant Les Reed.

However, Reed would prove to be a less successful in that position than Dowie, with Charlton winning just once during his brief spell in charge. His time at the helm also included a defeat to League Two side Wycombe Wanderers in the League Cup.

So, with Charlton bottom of the table and seven points from safety, the board took the decision eight years ago today to part company with Reed. His seven games and 41 days in charge remains the shortest managerial reign in Premier League history.

Speaking about his departure, Reed said: "In discussing our strategy going forward, it became clear that the continuous speculation surrounding my position was counter productive to our plans and Charlton's future. We agreed mutually that it was in the best interests of the club for me stand down and this I have done in order that this great club can move on.

"My position had become untenable in circumstances not of my making and beyond my control. I have not run away from this challenge I have done what is right for Charlton."

Charlton did not hang about as far as a replacement was concerned, bringing in Alan Pardew on the very same day.

In a brief statement on the club's official website, chairman Richard Murray said of Pardew's arrival: "We are very fortunate a manager of Alan Pardew's calibre is available and we have moved very, very quickly to secure his services."

Reed - the man that Pardew replaced - also gave his backing to the appointment: "Alan Pardew is an excellent choice and a good friend. He has my unqualified support and knows that I will help him in any way I can. He will get great support from the committed and well qualified staff, and I would like to thank them for helping me."

Pardew, though, was unable to guide Charlton to Premier League safety and after they had failed to return to the top flight at the first attempt, it was decided in November 2008, with the club in the Championship's relegation zone, that it would be best for all parties if they went their separate ways.

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