Charlton Athletic appoint Karl Robinson as new manager

MK Dons Manager Karl Robinson

Charlton Athletic have named Karl Robinson as the club’s new manager, after parting company with Russell Slade this month.

Robinson, who left MK Dons by mutual consent in October, has signed a 2½-year contract with the League One club.

“I am honoured to have been appointed manager of Charlton and can’t wait to get started,” Robinson said. “Joining such a huge club with a large, passionate fan base is a really exciting proposition.

“I’ve inherited a talented squad and I’ll be doing everything I can to get the club back into the Championship as soon as possible.

“I like my teams to play attractive football and if we all pull together I firmly believe we can start moving up the table and enjoy a successful season.”

Robinson’s six-year spell with MK Dons came to an end this year after picking up just four wins from 15 matches this season. The 36-year-old, widely credited with nurturing Dele Alli and Brendan Galloway, was an “outstanding candidate” for the job, according to Charlton’s chief executive, Katrien Meire. Robinson will assume full control of the club from Monday.

“Following a thorough appointment process, Karl emerged as the outstanding candidate,” Meire said in a statement posted on the club’s website on Thursday. “He is a very talented, forward-thinking manager and I’m delighted we have been able to bring him to Charlton.

“Our main focus is bringing Championship football back to the Valley at the earliest opportunity. Karl has vast experience of League One and, having won promotion just two seasons ago, we believe he has the necessary credentials and is best equipped to lead the club forward.”

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