New Charlton manager Alan Pardew believes the Addicks will need to win half of its remaining Premier League games to avoid relegation.
Speaking at a press conference Tuesday having signed a 3 1/2 year contract to become Charlton's third coach this season, Pardew acknowledged that keeping the Addicks up will be difficult.
"I think I'd be naive if I didn't say that the odds are stacked against us making it," he said. "My message to the players was: Whatever happens, we're going to fight all the way to the end and make sure we draw in somebody else and put them under pressure."
The 19th-place Charlton, which hosts Fulham on Wednesday, has 12 points, seven behind No. 17 Blackburn. It is also six points back from No. 18 West Ham, which fired Pardew on Dec. 11 and replaced him with former Charlton coach Alan Curbishley.
Pardew has replaced Les Reed, who took over on Nov. 13 when Iain Dowie was fired after only 15 games in charge with the Addicks last in the standings.
Charlton won just once in Reed's eight games in charge and was knocked out in the quarterfinals of the League Cup by League Two club Wycombe last week.
"I think there's a number of teams who can get drawn into this, but we've got to win games to do that," Pardew said. "We start with two home games and of course they're going to be important opportunities."
Charlton hosts Aston Villa on Saturday, but Pardew believes the January transfer window will help.
"My record at transfers is very good," he said. "My input will be important to me and to this club now.
"My biggest task at the moment is getting these players I've got here back playing to their best, and I think there's a few of them who'd like to prove a few people wrong and that's a good scenario."
Pardew had been at West Ham since October 2003, guiding the Hammers to promotion two seasons ago and to last season's FA Cup final. He was sacked after 11 league losses from 17 games had left the club in the relegation zone, just 20 days after it had been taken over by an Icelandic consortium.
Taking over another club in the relegation zone was "an easy decision" for the former Charlton player to make.
"Situations change quickly in football and this opportunity came my way and it just fit well for me," Pardew said. "Sometimes in life it's nice to go where you feel you've got a good shot at it, and I feel I've got that here."