I've put Charlton's promotion hopes in jeopardy, admits Pardew

Last updated at 12:08 27 March 2008

Charlton manager Alan Pardew admits his transfer dealings could have cost the club promotion.

Loan signings Greg Halford (Sunderland), Lee Cook (Fulham, right), Scott Sinclair (Chelsea) and Leroy Lita (Reading) have all failed to make an impact at The Valley since joining in the New Year, with the club winning just once in their last nine games.

Having been comfortably in the play-off places and with an eye on the top two, Charlton are now 10th.

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Alan Pardew

Taking responsibility: Charlton boss Alan Pardew

"We had been searching for a team capable of winning automatic promotion," said Pardew. "In doing so I muddled with the team and have now put our play-off position in jeopardy for which I take full responsibility.

"Now we are fighting for our lives to get into the play-offs."

Mystery still surrounds long-serving chief executive Peter Varney's decision to quit Charlton at the end of the season.

It was intriguing to note there was no farewell message for Varney in manager Alan Pardew's programme notes for the home game following the announcement.

According to Valley sources, the pair are not close, although the timing of Varney's exit appears more likely to

be linked to Richard Murray's decision to stand down as chairman of the club's parent company.

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