Thatcher Moves to Charlton

This week, Charlton signed Manchester City full-back Ben Thatcher.
The 31-year-old was brought to replace Djimi Traore at left-back after the Maliinternational moved to Portsmouth. “We are going to need a tougher, harder edge if we are going to get out of this,” said Charlton boss Alan Pardew. “I looked at Ben, saw he was available and that he would improve us.” Thatcher said that manager Alan Pardew was a big factor in his decision to join the club. “I am looking forward to the challenge of helping to keep Charlton in the Premiership this season,” said Thatcher. “It is a fresh start for me and I am looking forward to working with Alan Pardew, who I have always respected as a manager.