Thatcher happy with choice
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ben Thatcher would not swap Charlton's fight against relegation for Man City's position.
Ben Thatcher insists he would not swap Charlton Athletic's fight against relegation for the comfort of Manchester City's mid-table position.
The combative defender quit City in January to join Charlton in a £500,000 deal and he has made eight appearances for the Premiership strugglers.
But while City are now all-but safe from the threat of relegation, The Addicks are scrapping for their top-flight lives.
That is not a concern for Thatcher, as he remains convinced he made the right decision in linking up with Alan Pardew at The Valley.
"The manager has done a wonderful job," said Thatcher. "He's got 50 or 60 per cent more out of the players who were here and it's all down to him.
"I would rather be here, fighting relegation, than mid-table at Manchester City.
"I spoke to Alan and decided almost immediately that he was the man I wanted to work for.
"Alan has that little bit of banter which helps keep him close to the players, while also having the fear factor which helps him keep his distance."
With Charlton hosting relegation rivals Sheffield United on Saturday, Thatcher is upbeat about the team's survival prospects.
He added: "There's a huge amount riding on the game given the position we're in.
"Games are running out, but we're in with a chance and the other teams above us are wobbling.
"There's still everything to play for and if the other sides give us a helping hand then we will hopefully take advantage."