Adkins warns there will be no quick Charlton fix as he calls for time


harlton boss Nigel Adkins says the club is aiming for promotion this season but has warned it will take time to build the foundations for long-term success.

The Addicks missed out on a place in the League One play-offs on goal difference last term after Adkins succeeded Lee Bowyer in March.

Owner Thomas Sandgaard has outlined ambitious plans to return to the Premier League in five years and become an established European side in the next 15, but Adkins is clearly wary or promising too much too soon.

The 56-year-old, who led Southampton from League One to the Premier League with back-to-back promotions, has warned the Addicks cannot cut corners to be successful.

“This season it’s about making sure we get to the next division,” Adkins told Standard Sport on the eve of the new campaign.

“But there’s a lot of other teams saying exactly the same thing. We’ve got to make sure we stay competitive.

“The ambition shown by the owner was one of the main reasons I accepted the offer. The reality is it’s good to have ambition but you have to put things in place, you have to lay the foundations.

“So from my point of view, it’s going to take time. The important thing is to make sure there’s a stable football club for fans to be a part of and not worry about situations – because this club nearly went to the wall.

“It’s important to put foundations in place to build on. Of course, we want to be winning things straightaway.

“But sometimes it takes a bit of time to put things in place. I think everybody understands that as well. It’s going to take time.

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