PHIL Parkinson will begin the process of rebuilding his squad for next season immediately after Sunday’s final game against Norwich as the Addicks prepare for an unwanted spell in League One.

A host of names are expected to be released and the manager indicated Charlton will start the 2009/10 campaign with a much smaller squad.

Parkinson said: “There is a lot to sort out next week in terms of a lot of players being out of contract and there are a lot of decisions to be made.

“There are a lot of players who have to be spoken to and there are a lot of people anxious about their futures.

“One of the problems we’ve had is we have a big squad but a large proportion of those players haven’t figured or haven’t been part of the first team picture for quite a while.

“That is not a healthy environment to have at any football club, so we need a smaller squad and tighter group of players where everybody in the building feels they’ve got a realistic chance of playing.

“You are looking at having 20 players and three or four youngsters on top of that who are hungry, valuable, have got something to prove and who might break into the squad.

“In an emergency you can use the loan system. I know that has come in for criticism for us this year but you don’t need that many players at a football club and we’ve had too many.”

As well as the large number of players leaving SE7 in the close season, Parkinson will also be on the lookout for fresh faces.

However, the boss is yet to discover exactly how much money he will have to spend and he is also prepared to wait if necessary to get the right deals.

Parkinson said: “We have spoken to a number of agents and players about the possibility of them coming here.

“Agents are constantly ringing managers at this time of the year anyway.

“I couldn’t tell you exactly how many people are coming in because I don’t know the budget yet or what we’ve got to work with but we’ve got ideas on players we would like to come in.”

He added: “I will carry on speaking to people but how quickly that happens I couldn’t tell you.

“For the supporters it is important they are patient because sometimes there are players out of contract who you need to get in quickly like Mark Hudson last year.

“But also there are other scenarios where you might need to be patient to get the best possible player for the amount of money you’ve got to spend in terms of wages.”

This season has definitely been one to forget at The Valley, although they end it on Sunday with an intriguing game against relegation-threatened Norwich.

The Canaries know they must win to have any chance of not joining their hosts in League One and even then it might not be enough if Barnsley pick up a point at Plymouth.

Parkinson has promised the Tykes his side will be giving their all and hopes the Addicks can exploit Norwich’s nerves on the day.

He said: “I’ve seen there last two games at Ipswich and I went up on Monday against Reading. There is a lot of pressure on them.

“We’ve played under that and obviously the pressure is off us, so we’ve got to use that to our advantage by making sure we are more relaxed and composed in possession than they are.

“But also we’ve got to be equally determined to win the game.

“We owe it to Barnsley and will be sending out our strongest team.

“In a way I’m glad there is something on the game because it gives it an edge, which for us is something we need.

“I’m pleased the Norwich fans are going to come down and I’m sure our fans will respond so we end up with a decent atmosphere.”

Yassin Moutaoukil (thigh) and Chris Dickson (groin) will miss the game, while Lloyd Sam is a possible doubt after picking up a throat infeaction.

Meanwhile, Parkinson didn’t rule out a full-time deal for on-loan central defender Darren ward after parent club Wolves confirmed yesterday the player was surplus to requirements at Molineux.

He added: “Darren wants to come back down south and he is certainly someone I feel has added something to our squad, not only in terms of his play but as a person on the training ground where he has been a very good example to the younger players.”