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Rewind to Boxing Day 1963

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By ESPN Staff

Reed safe for the season, claims Charlton chief

Charlton chief executive Peter Varney insisted before tonight's Carling Cup defeat by Wycombe that the Addicks will not make another managerial change this season.

The -Cola League Two visitors reached the semi-finals of the competition with a 1-0 victory at The Valley to put further pressure on head coach Les Reed.

Reed only replaced Iain Dowie last month but has so far failed to haul the Addicks out of the Premiership bottom three.

However, before tonight's game Varney vowed to keep faith with Reed at least until the conclusion of the current campaign.

He told BBC Radio Five Live: 'People were making a lot about Les' background in terms of professional football, in the media particularly though not so much the fans.

'But we had the same letters about Lennie Lawrence when he was appointed manager (in 1982) and perhaps even more so about Alan Curbishley who was a player just stepping onto the coaching ladder. Fifteen years later, you know the story about Alan Curbishley.

'We have got every confidence in the team we have put together of Les Reed, Mark Robson and Mark Kinsella but they haven't had the opportunity to make some of the changes they would like to make. Obviously that period is now coming up (in January).'

Asked about the possibility of changing the club's manager early in the new year if results do not improve, Varney said - and later reaffirmed: 'We won't. We are very confident this situation will turn around here.

'It was an early decision (to replace Dowie) after 12 games but we felt we had to make that change.'