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Reed prepares for Addicks bow

Les Reed believes the Charlton Athletic fans do not want a 'complete revolution' at The Valley.

The new Addicks boss will take charge of the side for the first time away to Reading on Saturday after being installed as Iain Dowie's successor earlier this week.

Following the departure of their former boss, just 15 matches into the job, Reed at least brings some continuity to the position.

The 53-year-old worked with former boss Alan Curbishley before departing to take up a role at the Football Association in 1998, replacing Howard Wilkinson as technical director in 2002, and returned to The Valley during the summer as part of a new-look coaching structure.

'I do not think the fans want to see a complete revolution,' the new Charlton manager reflected.

'They want to see a team which is passionate, well organised and appears to be well coached.

'That is what I intend to give them.

'Inevitably, though, I will make changes, and have the normal problems managers have in picking and dropping players.'

Reed added: 'I have a different personality to Iain, and that will be the obvious difference in the way I communicate with the players.

'I have told them this is not about a new broom sweeping clean - it is about building on the foundations which we have got.'

Despite all his experience - which includes stints coaching under several England managers - Saturday at the Madejski Stadium will be the first time Reed has been in the management hot seat himself.

He said: 'I would have much preferred to get this job in different circumstances, but because of the decisive action in terms of my appointment straight away, I do not have a shadow hanging over me - there is no Glenn Hoddle or George Graham in the background waiting to see what happens.'

Reed declared: 'I am passionate, but I am not going to be over-excitable, all of which have helped me to relieve pressure - but who knows? Once we kick off, it could change.'

Reed also stressed he would not be one to seek the limelight following his elevation to the top job.

'I am not going to change and all of a sudden become very high-profile, cigar smoking and so on,' he said.

'I will just get on with the job in my normal fashion.'

Reed added: 'I am calm and reflective - I am not a tea-cup thrower.

'I told the players the other day that it does not mean I will not get angry, it does not mean I will not lose it, but if I do lose it, there will be a very good reason for it, and they will certainly know why.'

Reed hopes to have Darren Bent available on Saturday after the England striker was forced out of the midweek friendly with Holland because of a hamstring problem.

Wingers Jerome Thomas and Dennis Rommedahl are also making good progress, but Souleymane Diawara and Radostin Kishishev (both hamstring) are doubts, while Amady Faye is suspended.