Young voices Dowie surprise
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Luke Young believes Charlton were about to turn the corner before Iain Dowie was sacked.
Charlton Athletic captain Luke Young insists he was 'very surprised' at the club's decision to sack manager Iain Dowie.
New boss Les Reed was in charge for the first time on Saturday as The Addicks lost 2-0 at Reading, but the departure of Dowie is still attracting attention after his surprise exit.
The former Crystal Palace chief was dismissed just 15 games into his reign after succeeding the long-serving Alan Curbishley at The Valley over the summer, with reports suggesting that some elements of the Addicks dressing room had been uneasy under his leadership.
However England international Young has firmly denied that he was unhappy with the way the club was run under Dowie, with the right back further expressing his surprise at the London club's decision to dispose of their boss.
"I was very surprised he was sacked," said Young.
"He rang me last night and wished the team well. That shows you what sort of man he is.
"If they had consulted me I would have told them that everyone was enjoying it and we were not far from turning the corner.
"Iain had fitted in easily after Curbs left and it had been a smooth changeover."
However Young has given his backing to new boss Reed despite an underwhelming start to his career at The Madejski Stadium on Saturday.
"He is more than capable of moving us on," said Young in the Daily Express.
Charlton are currently bottom of the league having taken just eight points from their first 13 games, and Reed is now ready to get tough with his underperforming charges as he looks to avoid a lengthy battle against relegation.
The former Football Association director of youth development says he is more than capable of taking tough decisions and dishing out some 'hairdryer' treatment if required.
"I tend to be fairly relaxed and I don't become over-emotional or excited," said Reed in The Star.
"But I do have a nasty streak in me - you just need to ask my 14-year-old son for confirmation.
"I want my players to be disciplined. Maybe I express myself differently to others but I am not afraid of taking decisions that will hurt people.
"They are part of the job. I am not a stand-off manager and I will earn the players' respect."