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Charlton appoint new managers
 Women's Football News 13 Jun 2013
Charlton appoint new managers - 13 Jun 2013 - Women's Football NewsCharlton Athletic this week announced the appointment of their new management team for their First and Reserve teams. 
The First team's new manager Stuart Weston is promoted from Reserve team manager. Last season, Weston led the Addicks' second string to the FA Women's Premier League South title, as well as a Kent Senior Cup final runners up spot and to the Premier League Cup semi finals.
Taking over four games into the season, his record with the reserves stands at 14 wins and 47 goals scored from 16 games, with the only two defeats being narrow cup losses.
He will now oversee the first team from the 2013-14 season onwards and hopes the quality of the squad he has adopted will result in another successful season.
Stuart said: "To be asked to be first team manager was a mix of surprise, shock, excitement and also gratefulness for the belief that has been shown in me.
"There are some amazing players in the side and as long as they believe in what they can do and believe in their abilities I see no reason why we can't win the league and cups next year.
"It's going to be a competitive league, so it's not a given that we will win it. It's going to require hard work and 100 per cent commitment from every single one of us but I have no doubts whatsoever that we can do it."
With the number of players from last season's squad to have committed their future to the club now into double figures, the Addicks will have a strong squad to take into the new campaign. Having been around the squad for almost a year, Stuart feels the players are like a family and is pleased with their reaction to his appointment.
"I spoke with a number of them and the response I've been getting is they're happy I've been asked to be manager," he added.
"From texts I keep getting from the girls they are so excited about next season they want it to start tomorrow - as do I."
Former Watford Ladies first team coach Lewis Spencer takes on the role of Reserve Team manager and is looking forward to building on the successes of last season. He said: "Firstly I want to complement Stuart on what he's achieved; it's a great achievement to put that run of games together.
"I'm looking forward to the challenge here. The infrastructure of this football club is absolutely fantastic and one of the main reasons I have come here is because of the support network in place."
Spencer comes with vast coaching experience, having coached Watford Ladies in 2009, when current Charlton captain Kim Dixson was with the Hornets. Before that he coached at Leyton Orient's boys centre of excellence and last season he coached under Uwe Rosler at Brentford.
He is itching to get back into the swing of things when pre-season training commences at the end of June.
"I can't wait to get started," he added. "The one really good thing about this football club that's not evident at others is it's unified - you haven't got a first team squad and then a reserve team squad and there's movement either way, which is essential because one, it's competitive and two, it keeps them motivated."
Charlton are also looking to recruit a head coach for the newly formed Development Team - see www.cafcwomen.co.uk for details.

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