Addicks keep faith with Dowie
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Charlton boss Iain Dowie has been reassured his job is safe.
Charlton boss Iain Dowie has been reassured his job is safe by chief executive Peter Varney.
Dowie has come under pressure after a disappointing start to the season which sees Charlton rooted to the bottom of the table.
Charlton have won just one game all season and Monday's reverse at Fulham was the club's seventh defeat of the campaign.
Varney has moved to back Dowie to turn things round at The Valley.
"We remain confident we have the right man in the job," Varney told The Times.
"He is determined and has got the players onside, despite some of the rubbish that has been said and written. He has our total confidence.
"When the players are fit and we have a settled side, things will change and we will climb the table."
Charlton skipper Luke Young has admitted confidence is low after they suffered their fifth consecutive defeat at Fulham.
"We're probably as low as we've been," said Young
"The lads were devastated to get nothing against Fulham and this run has got to stop. We have to move on against Watford on Saturday.
"To be fair, the manager doesn't deserve what's happening to us at the moment.
"The enthusiasm that he gives off every day in training . . . he deserves better than what we're producing and he deserves more points than we've got. I haven't seen his kind of enthusiasm anywhere before really but it's down to the players.
"He can only do so much. Once he picks a team and sends us out there it's down to us to get the points. Saturday's match is now vital for us."
Young also rejected claims of unrest among some of the squad at The Valley.
"Everybody gets on fine - off the pitch there are laughs. Everyone is having a laugh, it's no different to any other club," added Young.