Date: 7th June 2016 at 6:55pm
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Manager Russell Slade, in his press conference with the media today following his arrival at the club, also confirmed that he had no clause in his contract that enabled him to have full and final say over all transfer dealings at the club.

With recruitment clearly an issue, and bound to be within his three year deal – if he lasts that long given he’s Roland Duchatelet’s sixth appointment in two and a half years – Slade obviously fielded questions about how much of a say he would have.

The Daily Mail are one of many to quote from the question, will he have full control.

‘It’s not in the contract, but it’s certainly a verbal agreement that we will discuss everything, in terms of recruitment. Picking the team is certainly in my contract. I will have huge influence over the comings and goings but it will be an open discussion. We got to work on a few targets yesterday. We’ve got a shortlist. Nobody will be leaving on the cheap.’

Asked about the record at the club under the owner, he diplomatically said about his concern.

‘Not really, because I believe in my own ability in the first instance. To leave Cardiff and come to Charlton was my decision, I instigated that. I thought it was a good opportunity to come to a club that maybe lost its way last season, but for me to get it back on its feet in the right direction. We’re looking to achieve promotion. It will be a healthy budget and give us every opportunity. There’s an awful lot to be done but we’re looking forward to it.’

Adding, as he tried to guide the interview.

‘There’s a desire to reconnect with the fans and that’s important, because you won’t achieve anything unless you’re together, and that will take time. It’s an exciting challenge. I feel like I’m coming to a Championship football club. There’s a real intent to learn from those mistakes and they’ve made a start by appointing a British manager, which hasn’t happened for a good number of years. It’s important to manage upwards, it’s important to manage downwards. It’s so important everyone’s on the same page.’

As for goalkeeper Nick Pope, the South London Press are reporting that Burnley tabled an offer for him, but that has been summarily rejected – however it’s expected they will be back with an improved offer.

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