Charlton Athletic relegated into League One

A disappointing 2015-16 season saw Charlton Athletic relegated into the League One of English football.

However, the club are planning to get back into the top division once again. This led to the swift appointment of former Cardiff City manager Russell Slade as the new boss of Charlton. He has been eyeing several new signings in the hope of putting together a quality squad before the start of the new campaign. One of the reported transfer targets for Charlton Athletic is defender Anton Ferdinand, who is unable to get much first-team football at Reading.

He made only 24 appearances in all competitions for the Championship club last season. This is only expected to go down in the 2016-17 campaign, as Reading look to put off the disappointment of last season and reach the Premier League. In fact, the club decided to release him from his contract with a few signing him if needed. This looks unlikely to happen since Ferdinand has reportedly started training with Charlton Athletic. As a result, manager Slade has been able to have a closer look of the player. Any decision that he takes with Ferdinand has to come soon since the new season is upon Charlton.

After a disappointing pre-season in which the club managed to get only one victory, Slade will be hoping for a positive start. The team open the new campaign with an away match against Bury. This is the first of two back-to-back of a matches at the start of the campaign. Charlton do not get their first home match of the season until almost the third week of August. Their first home game is against Northampton Town. Apart from Ferdinand, Charlton are also reportedly looking at the possibility of signing Declan Rudd and Louis Thompson. Charlton have already brought in a number of players in the summer.