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Report confirms the candidates Charlton are set to interview to replace Dean Holden as manager

A new report confirms the candidates Charlton Athletic are getting set to interview to replace Dean Holden as the club’s new manager.

Accoridng to London News Online, Danny Cowley and Michael Appleton are set to hold talks this week over the managerial vacancy at The Valley outfit.

Charlton technical director Andy Scott is currently in the process of searching for a new boss with ex-Charlton centre-back Jason Pearce put in  interim charge and will be in charge for Saturday’s League One home game against Fleetwood Town should a successor is not appointed this week.

Meanwhile, Darren Witcoop tweets that Mark Hudson and Leam Richardson are also believed to have shown early interest or be of interest. Lee Bowyer would be keen on a return but looks unlikely at this stage.

Appleton recently spoek with the Daily Mail, where he expressed an eagerness to return to the touchline, after he was sacked y Blackpool earlier this year.

‘I understand that it’s hard for owners to be patient with managers because there is a lot of pressure and expectation from supporters,’ he said.

‘League Two and the Championship are so competitive this year. There are probably 14 clubs who think they can get promotion from League Two, and about a dozen in the Championship.

‘It’s difficult to look past Leicester and Leeds in the Championship because of the quality of the squads and the standard looks higher this season than last. Look at the money spent already and I don’t think we’re near the peak of it yet.

‘In League One you have to look at Derby. They’ll be disappointed to have missed the play-offs but there is also Portsmouth, Charlton and Bolton, while Wigan, Reading and Blackpool will be competitive.

‘Wrexham and Notts County will be up there when you look at their budgets, then there is Salford, Stockport and Bradford who missed out in the play-offs. There are so many teams who will be targeting the top three.

‘But it’s tough. Results get you the sack, but if owners can hang in there and back a manager through a difficult period, then they can reap the benefits. Nowadays it’s not only fans in the ground who can put pressure on owners, but the ones on social media too.

‘I like being straight and realistic and sometimes people don’t like that,’ he adds. ‘People don’t like being told what they don’t want to hear and at times you feel like you have to be a politician.

‘When you do that you feel you lose a bit of authenticity and I don’t want to become a robot. Players have changed a lot and you have to be much more careful now than 10 or 15 years ago.

‘I used to love proving people wrong but now you have to be more cautious when you speak to players. Many of the players in the EFL are probably earning more than their managers, and they’ll often outlast managers.

‘But you can get around that by setting the right culture. If you make sure the environment is right, you can be successful. That’s not simply about putting a few posters up. It’s about high standards, good communication and the right people.’

With his passion and knowledge, it is difficult to imagine Appleton will be on the sidelines for long. He will be watching games this weekend, on the phone to contacts in the game, reviewing his ideas. Just waiting for the ideal moment.

‘I’ve got no doubt I’ll be successful and as a manager all you want is a chance,’ he insists. ‘I’m not asking for the biggest budget. I know the players out there and I’ve managed in three of the four leagues.

‘I still have the hunger and desire to manage, and I’ve been an assistant manager and coach in the Premier League and I wouldn’t rule out those roles either. It will be interesting to see what comes next.’

Danny Cowley also spoke, in January, about life after his most recent role as head coach at Portsmouth, telling talkSPORT: ‘For Nicky and I, our Dad introduced us to football and we’ve loved it ever since.

‘Your world goes from 100 miles-per-hour to zero, so there’s been a bit of self care by getting up and going to the gym.

‘On Saturday afternoon, I took my daughters’ team, which are the under-15 side, and then stayed and coached the under-14 side just after.

‘We love football and I don’t see it as work, it’s my passion, it’s what I love to do.

‘Without it my life always feels a little bit empty but I’m a positive guy and I try to see the best in the world.

‘For me, I get to spend a bit of time with my children and my wife, which is good.’

‘Absolutely,’ he added when questioned about if he wanted a return to the dug out.

‘It’s not always about your competence, sometimes it’s about selecting the right jobs and that has a big role to play, not just in football but in life in general.

‘To try to make non emotional and intelligent decisions is going to be important.

‘Hopefully we can find the club with the right fit because there’s a huge ambition for Nicky and I to keep learning and keep getting better and to do a job that we ultimately love.’

This is what fans are saying as a report confirms the candidates Charlton are set to interview to replace Dean Holden as manager…

@tonka87: Rather we kept holden over these. If its not Bows, Moore or maybe a bonner/mckenna type, we genuinely might as well give Pearce a run at it. One issue with JP though is I think he ‘will be’ a decent manager 3 or 4 years down the line, I just wouldn’t want to ruin him too soon.

@CafcFacts: It’s a dirty job but somebody’s got to do it

@stone_pete7: Rather Danny Crowley out these two but wouldn’t be my preferred manager.

@londonpaul82: Looks like we’re working our way through the “had success in league one” folder…so just go for Bow and the man that got us out of this league last time!!!

@AlCAFC1905: I’m glad they are interviewing if as the plan was sacked Dean and not have anyone lined up already but I’m just hoping the candidates are getting better towards the end of process. These 2 are better than Lennon & Johnson but still better candidates out there not in work.

@uptheaddicks9: Rubbish. Especially Cowley

@BobWhitehand: Get Bowyer if your serious but back him financially like Roland. He will attract players and lift the crowd. Will not put up with slackers.

@matt_edmeades: 😂😂😂 what a club. Bargain basement options.

@stefd84: Appleton hit and miss, Cowley has had his day in the sun!

@lewis_cafc05: Ruined my whole day

@CabezaJake: A PE teacher and a bin man. Surely there is better options 🤷🏻‍♂️

@KC_101: Appleton is much more experienced and successful than Dean, wouldn’t be the worst appointment

@powelldavid9: I could suffer Appleton but not Cowley ffs

@TobyFreestone: Appleton has some agent by the way

@CAFC_Nick: I know these aren’t the most blow your socks off appointments in the world but considering our previous three managers, all appear an upgrade in pedigree. We all want someone like Moore etc but let’s face it, not exactly the best option for them right now #cafc

@DanHatton97: Everyone morning about them – who are we expecting? Pep, Klopp? We’re bottom end of league one ffs😂 #cafc

@cafcchronicles: No to either of these 2 ffs, beggars can’t be choosers understood, if our limitations is this get bows or powelly back. #cafc #charlton

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