Chairman looking forward to the challenge of the new season
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 1:58PM BST, Wednesday, 21 August 2013
Stephen King is hoping for a profitable season as the Charlton women’s team prepare for their opening FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division tie on Sunday.
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They will be full of confidence after a 5-1 friendly win over Portuguese side A Dos Francos and chairman King believes they should have the strongest squad in their league.
He also reiterated the importance of trying to dominate the women’s winter leagues if possible, in order to give the club in the best possible chance of being selected for the FA Women’s Super League in the future.
He said: “I’d like to think we are the best team in the division – not least because we’ve retained the players we needed to retain and we have built on that with two or three other pretty decent players.
“We won’t win everything next season but we ought to at least stand a good chance of getting quite a bit of silverware.”
“I think we have to do what Sunderland did for the last three years when they weren’t accepted in the first round of Super League bidding.
“That is just show the FA didn’t necessarily select the best teams on merit, and we want to try and win as much as possible and show that we are good enough so that as and when the opportunity comes up again we are in the best position to take that chance.”
Charlton go into the season with a new first team manager in Stuart Weston, who led the reserves to the Premier League South title last season, as well as a Kent Cup final appearance.
Having worked with the first team squad a number of times last year, Stuart knows the girls and Stephen is confident he will make the step up seamlessly.
“It’s a big chance for him but not by any means a step too far,” he added. “It’s well within his competence to do that.
“He was involved with the first team last season as we ran the senior squad as a unit.
“The first and reserve team managers talked to each other, the players trained together so it’s not really a jump for Stuart.”