Chief executive Peter Varney admits Charlton’s Carling Cup defeat by Wycombe last night at The Valley was unacceptable.
The Addicks suffered a 1-0 loss at The Valley, squandering the opportunity to progress to the semi-final stage against the Coca-Cola League Two side.
The feelings of some Charlton fans were made perfectly clear both during and after the game with chants of: “You’re not fit to wear the shirt,” and calls for new manager Les Reed to be sacked and replaced by former West Ham boss Alan Pardew.
The defeat represented a new low for the south London club, which is second-bottom of the Barclays Premiership, five points and considerable goal difference adrift of safety.
Varney did not make any excuses and admitted he could understand the fans’ frustration.
He said on Sky Sports News: “It was very unsatisfactory and I think a lot of our players have to take a good look at themselves.
“We need to apologise to the fans.
“They were very vociferous during the game and there was a protest outside afterwards. You cannot blame them for that.
“That type of performance was not acceptable for Premiership players.
“It was a quarter-final of a major cup competition and we were playing a side from the second division. You would expect the players to be up for reaching the semi-final but the hard proof is that they were not.”
Since taking over from axed former boss Iain Dowie in the middle of November, Reed, the former technical director of the Football Association, has managed to secure just one victory from seven matches and has lost the last three.
After losing 2-1 at Sheffield United at the start of December, the Addicks rallied to claim a 1-0 win over Blackburn.
However, their last three games have resulted in a 5-1 defeat by Tottenham followed by a 3-0 reverse against Liverpool before last night’s abject display.
Varney admits it has been unacceptable but insists at the moment Reed has his full backing.
“The board do not want to see these performances,” Varney continued.
“Bad results are bad enough, but performances, particularly the last three, which seemed to have lacked passion and heart, are not what you want to see.
“We have sat down with Les and his team and we know they want to bring in new players.
“We are trying hard to do that sooner rather than later and that is the time when you can judge Les and his team.”