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Charlton boss happy to win ugly

last updated Wednesday 27th December 2006, 12:13 PM
Alan Pardew
Alan Pardew

New Charlton manager Alan Pardew has appealed to the fans to get behind their team and show some belief as the Addicks battle against relegation.

"The message I need to send is that the stadium will need to help us," said Pardew, whose first game in charge is at Fulham on Wednesday.

"They have been disappointed with what they have seen and have been coming to games more in hope than belief."

Charlton are second from bottom in the Premiership table, with 12 points.

And the Addicks, who parted company with boss Les Reed on Christmas Eve and announced that former West Ham manager Pardew would succeed him, are eight points adrift of fourth-from-bottom Sheffield United.

Pardew added: "I will suggest to the fans that, regardless of performances in the next nine or 10 games, they should just come in and give us everything they have to make it intimidating for the opposition.

"They need to do that against Fulham. Even for 30 minutes if we look horrible and are not getting it together, I want them to give us the benefit of the doubt."

The Charlton squad have been accused of lacking passion this season but the new manager will wait to see how they perform for him.

"I can only be critical of them once they are under me," said the 45-year-old.

"They have to appreciate that I am the third manager this season and we don't want it to be any more.

"They need to enthuse themselves and get on track. It is not about being nice, pretty and seeking that aesthetic win. It is about fighting and digging in and winning games."







Source BBC Sport
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