CharltonTV’s Scott Minto and Steve Brown have praised the impact of new Manager Dean Holden.
Holden was appointed in December with the Addicks sitting 18th in League One, four points above the relegation zone. Charlton have taken 11 points from Holden’s first five games in charge, jumping to 12th - just six points adrift of the play-off places.
Former Addick Brown has been impressed with what he has seen. He said: “Honesty and sincerity as he’s walked through the building, he understands the club and he’s done some homework. Some managers come out and its lip service, 'oh, fantastic fanbase'. Dean’s done some homework, he understands where this clubs at and what it needs. If you question him on it, he’s got the answers.
"But I think more than anything, the players will buy in to him because of that honesty and sincerity. I don’t think he gives people reasons and excuses and they’re not the real reasons and excuses, he’s quite happy to tell you up front what he’s thinking, and you buy in to that. He’s understood and changed what this team needs to be confident and because of that we’ve got the results.”
The Addicks kept a first league clean sheet in 11 games at the weekend and Minto, who played 205 games for Charlton, added: “I think he’s got the right blend of old school and new school. It looks like he wants the players to take responsibility and in the dressing room.
"He’ll be brutally honest with them, I think. He’s asking the players to do what they are comfortable doing not what they’re uncomfortable doing so they’re going out there and playing with more confidence.”
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(Transcription by Dominik Zielinski)