By Louis Sealey and Nick Cary

Saša Ilić says he would be happy to return to Charlton if the club wanted his help.

The former Addicks goalkeeper is fondly remembered by fans after keeping ten clean sheets in a row before being the hero in the 1998 play-off final, denying Sunderland’s Michael Gray from the penalty spot as Charlton won promotion to the Premier League.

Ilić, who retired in 2005 through a persistent hip injury, says he would be open to a return to the Valley.

“I would be more than happy to give my time and experience to help out if they ever need it,” he said.

“Things are very tough at Charlton at the moment. I am keeping a close eye on the club and following the results with trepidation.

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“Like all things in life things do change, sometimes for the best and sometimes for the worst.”

While Ilić left the Valley in 2002, going on to sign for six more clubs, Charlton still has a special place in his heart.

The former stopper says he supports the fans as the battle with the club’s owner continues.

The 43-year-old said: “The only constant at Charlton are the fans. They live, breathe and cherish the club with all their heart.

“I fully support the fans and the owners of the club will have to make some adjustments to get the fans back on their side.”

Charlton sit 23rd in the Championship, seven points adrift, with just six games of the season remaining.

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