Charlton Women | Hills appointed Head Coach as Sandgaard plans for team to go full time from July

Charlton Athletic are delighted to confirm the appointment of Karen Hills as Head Coach of the club’s Women’s team.

Hills, who had a successful playing career at Charlton between 2001 and 2007, will lead the club in preparing to go full time from July.

The 45-year-old played a key role in the growth of Tottenham Hotspur’s women’s team, managing the club between 2009 and 2020. During that period Hills presided over a series of promotions as the club moved from a completely amateur side to a full-time professional outfit playing in the English football’s top tier.

Owner Thomas Sandgaard said: “I am delighted we have been able to appoint someone of Karen’s experience and pedigree. She has a great history with our club from her playing days and managed the transition to full-time at Tottenham Hotspur excellently. Our ambition is for Charlton to be challenging in that top tier of the FA Women’s Super League and I am looking forward to watching the team grow.”

Hills explained she was delighted to get the opportunity to manage Charlton. She said: "I am looking forward to adding my experience and knowledge to what is already a great staff and a fantastic group of players. We are looking to build something special with Charlton and I can't wait to get started."

Sandgaard added: “Charlton were one of the leading clubs in football in Karen’s playing days and that is where we want to get back to. Going full-time and the appointment of Karen are two real statements of intent as we look to move the team forwards.”

The current Charlton Athletic Women’s coaching staff, led by Riteesh Mishra, remains in place and Hills will meet the first team on Tuesday evening ahead of her first training session with the club.

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