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Last Updated: Tuesday, 14 November 2006, 17:58 GMT
Who is Les Reed?

By Andrew McKenzie

Les Reed
Reed makes the step up from assistant under Dowie
So Iain Dowie becomes manager number 14 to head through the exit door this season.

It took them a while to catch on, but even Charlton look to have finally got to grips with the hire 'em and fire 'em world of football.

But the big surprise is not that Dowie is shown the exit door after spending 11m and overseeing 12 leagues games.

It is that his replacement is not a Glenn Hoddle or a Billy Davies, but one Les Reed.

At least there will be no need for the special dispensation Glenn Roeder has had to get at Newcastle, or the worries Middlesbrough currently have over Gareth Southgate through a lack of coaching qualifications.

Reed not only has the badges, when it comes to coaching he literally wrote the book on it.

"The Official FA Guide to Basic Team Coaching", penned by Reed, is described as the FA's official guide to success on and off the pitch.

Charlton fans will no doubt be hoping one of the country's most highly respected coaches can transfer his methods to the madness of Premiership football.

Reed is already a popular figure down at The Valley from his days as first-team coach under manager Alan Curbishley and assistant Keith Peacock.

That three-year spell ended in 1998 after Charlton had risen to the Premiership through the play-offs.

FA Technical Director Howard Wilkinson convinced Reed to join his team as director of youth development.

Reed was a key part of Kevin Keegan's backroom staff during his England days and also worked under Sven-Goran Eriksson.

As coach of the England youth side he helped the development of the likes of James Milner, Michael Chopra, Carlton Cole, Michael Tonge, Michael Dawson and a young lad called Wayne Rooney.

Reed had earlier worked at the FA for eight years as a regional coach following a modest playing career at Cambridge United, Watford and Wycombe Wanderers and a coaching spell with Wealdstone in the Southern League.

In 2002 the FA thought so highly of Reed that when Wilkinson left his post he was promoted to Acting Technical Director, a role he fulfilled for two years.

Reed returned to Charlton in January 2006, working behind the scenes to oversee the establishment of the club's worldwide academies and soccer schools.

When Dowie took charge of the first-team this summer Reed, who was something of a mentor to his former boss, took on a leading role as his assistant.

Now he gets his chance in the limelight as their head coach.

Of course, while there are few doubting his coaching ability, managing a Premiership club is about much more than what happens on the training ground.

Reed takes over with Charlton at the foot of the Premiership table.

Dowie's summer spending spree means he is unlikely to have the luxury of money to spend in January.

A month ago, writing on Charlton's website, Les Reed said: "I think the future is bright in red, black and white."

Now it falls on him to take them there.

Charlton appoint Reed as new boss
14 Nov 06 |  Charlton Athletic
Charlton part company with Dowie
13 Nov 06 |  Charlton Athletic
Reed upbeat over Charlton future
09 Jun 06 |  Charlton Athletic


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