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Charlton chairman Richard Murray said manager Iain Dowie was sacked after a review of the club’s structure.

The Premiership club have promoted assistant boss Les Reed to head coach and Mark Robson to his number two after firing Dowie on Monday just 12 league games into the season.

Murray said: “In the situation we find ourselves in it is vital that everyone works as a team. Unfortunately, I have to say that has not been the case.

“One of the key features of our club during my time as chairman has been stability. It is something I feel is essential in all successful businesses.

“It goes without saying, therefore, how hard it was after only 12 Premiership matches to reach the decision we have.

“Over the past two weeks we have conducted a review of the structure we put in place during the summer, which involved all senior football management staff.

“The results of this review have, we believe, left us with little option but to act in the manner we have.

“Crucially, we had to consider whether we believed our current situation would improve and we reluctantly came to the conclusion that it would not.

“By committing some £11.2m on new players in the summer we believe we demonstrated our support for Iain Dowie, as we have also done by backing him with the malicious legal action initiated against him by Simon Jordan.”

Dowie quit Crystal Palace in May to replace Alan Curbishley – who spent 15 years as coach at The Valley.

But with only two league wins so far this season, Charlton are at the bottom of the table with only eight points.

Former boss Curbishley had already ruled himself out of a return to The Valley.

“I left Charlton for a new challenge,” he said. “Going back would not be good for me or for the club.”

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