If any Charlton player knows what makes a good manager, it’s Chris Solly.

The Club Captain recently celebrated a decade at The Valley, and in that turbulent time he’s worked under 12 managers.

Currently in a golden spell for the club, on the field at least, the 28-year-old right back praised his current manager Lee Bowyer as they near a return to Championship football.

“I’ve been lucky enough to work under a few coaches and if I do go in to coaching, I think I’ll make a pretty good one if I take all I’ve learned from the coaches I’ve worked under,” said Solly.

Phil Parkinson, Keith Peacock, Chris Powell, Jose Riga, Bob Peeters, Damian Matthew, Guy Luzon, Karel Fraeye, Russel Slade, Kevin Nugent, Karl Robinson all went before Bowyer since Solly made his debut in a 4-2 victory over Norwich in 2009.

It’s Bowyer however who lead the Addicks most recently to promotion, a moment Solly ranks alongside the 2012 Chris Powell-inspired promotion as a moment he’ll look back on with the fondest of memories.

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Speaking after his 4-1 testimonial defeat by Aston Villa, Solly spoke glowingly of the qualities his current boss has brought to The Valley.

“As a manger you try to get the best out of your players week in week out and he’s managing to do that.

“It’s enjoyable, he’s very honest. Straight to the point, and as players that’s all you want.

“I’m not sure he thought of management before he fell in to it, but he’s taken it in his stride.

“He’s got so much experience in the game, he’s played under some of the best managers, like Bobby Robson and people like that, so he knows the game inside out.

“He knows what works and what doesn’t.

“We’ve had a lot of success under him and what he does works, so as players we’ve really bought in to that and we’ll take that into the championship and nothing will change.”

Charlton travel to Blackburn on Saturday for their 2019/20 season opener.

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