New Charlton boss Les Reed has denied stabbing predecessor Iain Dowie in the back by plotting a players' revolt.
Reed says he has the right credentials for the job
Reed, who had been Dowie's assistant, was promoted after Charlton sacked the former Crystal Palace manager after just 15 games in charge.
The appointment sparked rumours Reed had orchestrated a mutiny in the camp.
"That's not the way I operate. Football is a cruel game and this isn't how I would've chosen to come into the job," Reed told the Evening Standard.
Charlton plc chairman Richard Murray said Dowie was sacked following a review of the club's structure.
My background is unusual but I'm not new to management
Former Football Association director of youth development Reed added: "In football, opportunities usually arise because of the demise of somebody else. I was out of work for two years after getting the sack at the FA.
"Iain is a great manager and an inspirational and charismatic person. He left with dignity and a lot of chairmen must be keeping an eye on his situation."
Reed also made light of his inexperience in club management and insisted he is ready for the challenge of saving Charlton from relegation from the Premiership.
The new Addicks' boss said: "My background is unusual but I'm not new to management.
"I managed a massive department at the FA and have plenty of experience working with international players.
"This job doesn't daunt me but it is a challenge and I'm looking forward to it."