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Top six favourites to become new Charlton manager as club sack boss after five-match losing run

The top six favourites to become new Charlton manager has been revealed as the club sack boss Dean Holden after a five-match losing run.

The Addicks waved goodbye to Holden, who has become the first Football League manager to lose his job this season after being sacked by the League One side late on Sunday night.

The 43-year-old had been in charge at since December 2022, but they haven’t won since the opening day against Leyton Orient and Saturday’s 2-1 defeat away at Oxford United proved to be the final straw, the result leaving them 19th in the table.


Charlton Athletic can today announce that the club has parted company with men’s First-Team Manager Dean Holden, along with Assistant Manager Danny Senda and Goalkeeping Coach Glyn Shimell.

Holden, who was appointed to his role in December 2022, oversaw a rise from 18th in League One to 10th in the division by the end of the season. During his time at the helm, a significant number of academy graduates established themselves in the Addicks’ men’s first-team.

Charlton Chairman James Rodwell said: “I would like to thank Dean and his staff for their hard work and dedication and sincerely wish them all the best in their future careers. Dean’s work in steering the club clear of relegation last season should not be forgotten, nor his development of many younger players.”

Whilst a thorough recruitment process for Charlton’s new Manager is undertaken, the first team will be overseen on an interim basis by Jason Pearce, who will be assisted by Anthony Hayes.


BetVictor – 28th August 2023
Karl Robinson – 5/1
Lee Johnson – 5/1
Danny Cowley – 6/1
Darren Moore – 6/1
Jason Pearce – 6/1
Lee Bowyer – 8/1
Steve Cotterill – 8/1

BetVictor – 30th August 2023 – 9am
Danny Cowley – 7/4
Michael Appleton – 11/4
Lee Johnson – 4/1
Mark Bonner – 8/1
Steve Cotterill – 8/1
Leam Richardson – 10/1
Karl Robinson – 10/1

“It’s a no excuse culture,” Holden told CharltonTV after the game. “We deserved more from the game again but we didn’t get it. It’s not about luck. You earn your luck. We have to front up and get back to work quickly.

“We started getting ragged after that point. We started getting pulled apart. They had a lot of territory, and that was the reason we changed the shape and made some personnel changes,” he said.

“We came right out of the traps, got right on top of them, took the game to them and we really deserved the equaliser,” he said.

“I thought Chem Campbell’s debut was excellent. Tyreece as well. He came in, he’s only trained once since his injury so really pleased that he could get back on the pitch. I thought those two in particular linked up really well and gave them real problems.”

“We’ve got to see that game out and get at least a point to build on, but unfortunately we’ve been hit with a sucker punch again,” he said.

“It’s about regrouping quickly,” he concluded. “We’ll keep looking to find the answers. We’re very, very close to getting the next result, and then I’ve got absolutely no doubt our season will take off.”

This is what fans said as the top six favourites to become new Charlton manager are revealed as they sack boss Dean Holden after a five-match losing run…

@BenH93_: Don’t you dare appoint Lee Johnson.

@YXNG_TJ1: Give him the signings he wants? ❌
Wait until at least half the injury room is cleared?❌
No amigo! Let’s sack him for another manager bounce!✅SE7 Partners masterclarse!💪#cafc

@ValleyFloydFred: If there is a more experienced manager that you are willing to back ready to jump straight in then it’s the right decision. I hope Andy Scott as the Technical Director knows what he’s doing.

@SimonP4: I’m sure Holden would be the first to admit that he made mistakes, but to sack him after just five games is ridiculous. A threadbare squad, injuries to key players and a poor transfer window. Changing the manager is not always the right solution.

@LG_CAFC: Shambles as usual

@AlCAFC1905: New manager every 6 months. 🤡. 🎪 Continuing in SE7. Other than Oxford we been better team against the other teams but individual mistakes drop us points. Been given 18 year boys getting exam results starting games and no real transfer backing. Injuries & no £ spent to key areas

@GButtigieg4: Can’t believe the season is over in august ffs

@Jake_R88: You haven’t signed any players what do you expect him to do?. Leaburn was injured in July and not been replaced. If we carry on this way you are going to very quickly lose the fan base

@evans_craig: “a thorough recruitment process” – the window shuts in 6 days. Another shambles that only charlton could create. And no, Lee Johnson isn’t the answer.

@ChrisMGreenway: Could we all have a whip round to give Methven his 7% back so he can bugger off too?

@gav_theOracle: @CAFCofficial Not sure there is much more he could have done with what he has been given even Pep would struggle with a team of unproven youngsters and our most creative players out injured. Oh well here we go again…

@Fire_Cafc: If we have an extensive search for a manager how are we gonna sign any players in the 4 days left of the window then

@mightymitch2007: Good luck Dean, horrible it never panned out how we all thought it would

@SteveWeatheral3: am happy to be proved wrong and hope I am. But we will appoint new manager, steady ship, wait till next summer, release 14 players, sign 12 Players, have bad start to next season, sack manager after 5 games and then repeat. We’re a joke of a club. Actual ground hog day 🤦‍♂️

@Love2travel17: I’m not surprised, it’s been a shambles on the pitch. We need someone who can deal with the senior pros, and nurture the youngsters. Someone who commands respect and won’t accept less than 100 %. Jason Pearce is made for the job.

@JeremySaynor: Dean Holden did well last year. The new owners were the ones who brought him in. They pulled the trigger after just a few games. I’ve been supporting the club for fifty years. Enough is enough though and you can have my season ticket back and re-sell the seat

@BazzaCAFC: Don’t know whether to cry, or piss myself laughing.

@ciberspazio21: Bring Bowyer Back!! #cafc

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