New Charlton Athletic head coach Karen Hills says that she was attracted to the club by the opportunity to build on what promises to be an exciting project.
The 45-year-old was appointed The Addicks’ new head coach in midweek and she will work alongside manager Riteesh Mishra and the existing coaching structure to lead Charlton Athletic in an exciting new full-time era.
New Charlton Athletic owner Thomas Sandgaard agreed a takeover of the club’s women’s side last month, bringing them back under the same ownership as the men’s side for the first time since 2007. Sandgaard will invest in the full-time future of Charlton Athletic with the aim of being a competitive club in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.
New head coach Hills helped former club Tottenham Hotspur climb the footballing pyramid to become a full-time top flight side and she says that she is excited to now become a part of a brand new project at Charlton Athletic.
“The opportunity arose and it just felt like the right thing to do at the right time,” said Hills when speaking in her first interview on Charlton Athletic’s Valley Pass Live this afternoon. “It seems like it is a really exciting project.
“With Thomas coming in, I think that the club are in fantastic shape, the atmosphere around the training ground, the vibe just seems really positive. It is exciting for the next chapter.
“I like to build, I like a project, I like challenge and I think that this is a perfect fit for me at this moment in time.”
Hills spent six years at Charlton Athletic between 2001 and 2007 and she won the Women’s FA Cup, the FA Women’s Premier League Cup and the FA Women’s Community Shield while wearing red and white. The South East Londoners have been on something of a rollercoaster ride since Hills departed and the club were disbanded from the men’s side. Knowing all about both the proud history of Charlton Athletic and the club’s potential, Hills has no doubt about where The Addicks should be.
“I think the women’s game at the moment is in such a fantastic shape,” said Hills. “You see the top division the WSL, I have obviously had the opportunity to work and be involved in that.
“That is where I think Charlton deserve to be. They are a huge club, they obviously had some fantastic players when I was here and I want to bring the good times back to Charlton on the pitch.”
Hills will lead Charlton Athletic for the first time when the club travel to Hayes Lane to take on Crystal Palace in a London derby on Thursday evening.