Date: 14th June 2016 at 4:44am
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Too early – it’s Christmas – Tony Watt and Russell Slade?

22 year old Tony Watt could be set for a second, third or fourth lease of life at The Valley following the appointment of Russell Slade as the new manager ahead of the 2016/16 League One campaign.

With more supposed but failed transfer links surrounding Watt in the second half of last season – a transfer embargo at Cardiff where he worked under Slade despite a deal being in place, a groin injury reportedly getting in the way of a similar deal at Blackburn Rovers – well it wasn’t the best of years for the Scotland cap.

Having worked under Slade at Cardiff though, whilst recovering from three months out following groin surgery that also supposedly pulled the plug on a few speculated back up deals to see him depart quickly this summer, he has now been quoted as giving the new man the thumbs up – stating he’s the right man to sort out the club.

The South London Press have Watt saying that Slade is ‘Championship class’ in his mind, and as soon as he saw the speculation linking him with a move to the club, he hoped it would come off.

‘I saw his name linked with Charlton and I said I hoped it happened. Because if somebody can fix it, then he can do it. He is a very good appointment – the best we could have got. I thought he might have a few Championship teams after how well he did at Cardiff with the budget that he had. He can handle the dressing room. He is very, very motivational – I know the way his teamtalks are. Russell is hands-on as well. He knows what he wants and he knows what players he wants. That will be great for the club.’

With plenty of things still to be decided this summer, it’s not just strengthening the group, it’s also appointing Slade’s backroom staff ahead of pre season – and it doesn’t necessarily mean Simon Clark will continue as first team coach.

Watt added.

‘He likes to put his stamp on training but that can be going out, assessing everything, telling his coaches what to do then standing back to watch it. Russell got Cardiff back on its feet and he did it in a short time and had to cut the budget. I would be very surprised if he didn`t get Charlton, with the right backing, into the top six. But football is a strange game – you never know what happens. I saw his interview where he talked about wheeling and dealing. I think he`ll have an idea of who is good enough in his squad and who he wants to see coming in.’

Unfortunately many fans will have noticed the key set of words in that final quote from the striker – with the right backing.

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