Charlton Women | Karen Hills: "This is the perfect fit for me"

Charlton Women’s Head Coach Karen Hills joined Scott Minto in the Valley Pass Live studio during the half-time interval on Saturday afternoon where she discussed her recent appointment, Thomas Sandgaard’s aspirations, and reminisced on her playing days with the Addicks.

“This is a perfect fit for me,” revealed Hills. “The opportunity arose and it just felt like the right thing to do at the right time. It’s a really exciting project with Thomas coming in and hearing how enthusiastic and ambitious he is. The club is in fantastic shape.

“The atmosphere around the training ground is really positive and everyone is excited for the next chapter. For me, I like to build, I like a project, I like a challenge. The women’s game at the moment is in such fantastic shape. I’ve had the opportunity to work and be involved in the WSL and that’s where Charlton deserve to be.”

Hills enjoyed a successful six-year spell as an Addick in her playing days after joining the club in 2001. The defender was named by manager Keith Boanas as player of the season in her inaugural season and won the Premier League Cup and Community Shield in 2004, while also leading the side to FA Cup glory in 2005 when Charlton defeated Everton 1-0.

“I’ve obviously had the privilege to play for Charlton, and I think it is a privilege. It’s a fantastic club, there’s a great feel around the place, very community-orientated and the fanbase is fantastic.

“Charlton has always had a huge part to play in my career as a player. There’s some fantastic memories that I’ll cherish and remember for a long, long time. I think we had such an amazing group of players and staff, and support from the club at that time. I think that’s where we’re heading back to now. I want to bring the good times back to Charlton on the pitch.

“Ultimately, I’m really excited to be here and I think we’ve got an opportunity to take the women forward and progress. I’m excited to be part of that project and journey.”

Article by James Waller

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