Addicks keeper given exit promise
By Kent Hedlundh
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Stephan Andersen says Iain Dowie will let him leave if he is not Charlton's number one.
Charlton Athletic keeper Stephan Andersen says Iain Dowie has given him the green light to leave the club should he not be handed the number one jersey for the coming season.
The 24-year-old has always struggled for first team football at The Valley, firstly due to the presence of Dean Kiely and then last season Thomas Myhre, and he expressed a desire to leave the London side at the end of last season.
With Dowie's arrival at the club over the summer Andersen has another chance to prove himself, but the keeper has been told he can seek alternative employment should he be relegated to the substitutes' bench.
"I have had a meeting with the coach, where he said that they will let me go in case I am not the first choice," Andersen told BT.
"That would be unfair to me [being second choice], [so] that was actually good news."
Andersen shared goalkeeping duties with Myhre against Liga giants Valencia on Saturday, playing a half each in the 3-1 friendly defeat, and it remains to be seen which Scandinavian player will be given the nod for the new season.