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Pardew hired to lead
Premier League club
LONDON, England
English Premier League strugglers Charlton Athletic parted company with manager Les Reed on Sunday and appointed former West Ham United manager Alan Pardew in his place. Charlton, second from bottom in the 20-team division with only three wins from 19 games, said Reed had left by mutual consent after just eight matches in charge, six of which were defeats.
Pardew, sacked by West Ham on December 11 after a poor run of results, has signed a three-and-a-half year contract. His first game will be a London derby at home to Fulham on Wednesday. Reed, a former FA technical Director who joined Charlton's coaching staff in 1995, was promoted to head coach in mid-November after Iain Dowie was sacked.
Lehmann's plans
BERLIN, Germany
Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has said he would prefer to stay with Arsenal while remaining open to a move to Spain or back to the Bundesliga. "I don't know," Lehmann, 37, told Bild am Sonntag when asked if he would leave Arsenal at the end of the season. "But in the talks about my future, Arsenal definitely has top priority."
Lehmann said he was not especially bothered by the tradition at Arsenal of offering one-year contracts only to players over 30, saying he had already signed three of those in London. "A one-year contract wouldn't be so bad," he said. "But hold on, I'm not saying that there is a 100 percent chance I would stay in the event of an Arsenal offer."
Viduka future
MIDDLESBROUGH, England
Veteran Australian striker Mark Viduka says he wants to sign a new deal to stay with English Premiership side Middlesbrough.
The 31-year-old's current three-year deal runs out at the end of the season.
The Australian has been linked with moves away from the Riverside in the past, and there is set to be fresh speculation over his future.


Updated : 2021-08-03 03:05 GMT+08:00