Date: 7th June 2016 at 6:46pm
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Newly installed manager Russell Slade has confirmed that Charlton Athletic’s summer recruitment plans are well underway.

Having only just come into the job, he held his first press conference as he was officially unveiled earlier today, and one hot topic following relegation last season for the 55 year old former Cardiff gaffer was strengthening the squad in the coming weeks.

Speaking to the Official Site at the event, he explained that plenty of challenges faced him and the club, but plans had already been formulated and people were working hard on them.

‘That process has started already because we are at the stage of the season where managers are looking to wheel and deal up and down the country. We are no different. I`ve met with the owner we had some honest and open discussions about the strategy and how to take the club forward. We have spoken about certain players possibly coming to the football club. We have put a shortlist together and identified the areas that we need to look at and improve on the field and I have had a huge impact on that. We have reduced some players on that list already, have added one or two on and are following things up. The important thing is that we are all on the same page and that everything does go through me so that we know where we stand.’

Having faced off against Charlton Athletic plenty of times in his career with Yeovil Town, Leyton Orient and Cardiff recently, he went on to say.

‘This is a great club with great tradition. I have always seen this as a real strong community club. It has always done well with its young players coming through at this football club, which has always been very impressive. I know that we had another really successful year at U18 level last season and there are a lot of good, talented players coming through. This is a big club, a Championship club, in League One at this time and the idea is, of course, to try and bounce back as quickly as possible.’

With pre season nearing now, and getting underway properly with the squad as people look to put last season behind them, he ended by saying.

‘I am looking forward to pre-season, it is a great opportunity to get your players together and a great opportunity for me to put my stamp on what we are doing in terms of our organisation, our structure and our strategy going forward. It`s also good that we`ve got a week of training in Austria as well – I think that`s a real positive to get the players together. We`ll be together 24/7 and will get to know each other that little bit better. I am blessed in that I have got a pre-season to prepare. We can get the players up to a level of fitness that is acceptable because it is going to be a tough season, there are no doubts about that. League One is not an easy league to get out of. But I know it well, and I think that my knowledge of that will help that.’

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