Nathan Jones has added to his coaching staff with the arrival of Paul Hart as Assistant Manager.
Hart, who joins a coaching team that includes Curtis Fleming and Stephen Henderson, reunites with Jones having brought the Welshman to Charlton as U21s Lead Coach back in 2012 during his time as Academy Director.
The duo have since worked together at both Luton Town and Stoke City.
Hart first joined the Addicks in June 2011 and spent three productive years as the club’s Academy Director, playing a key role in putting in place the structure to support the development of the likes of Joe Gomez, now of Liverpool and England.
“It’s very good to be back,” said Hart. “I’ve still got lots of old friends here and some very happy memories. I’m very much looking forward to the role.
“I’ve done it before with Nathan and we’ve known each other a good while now from the Charlton days. We’re looking forward to helping Charlton achieve what they want to achieve. Nathan’s a very good coach and ultimately we try and make the individuals and the team better.”
Jones, who spoke glowingly of Hart in his first press conference as Charlton Manager, added: “We’re delighted to welcome Paul back to Charlton and it’s a real coup for the club. He’s someone that I’ve obviously known for a long time, someone who I trust, someone who knows the club and someone with masses of experience. It’s important to get as many people that know how we play around us.”
Born in Golborne, Hart enjoyed an 18-year playing career that included spells with the likes of Blackpool, Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday.
Since retiring in 1988, the 70-year-old has held a number of management positions within English football and brings with him a wealth of experience.
Hart will accompany Jones in the dugout on Saturday when Charlton travel to Reading. Click here to purchase your CharltonTV match pass.