Marrs appointed as 1st team coach
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 9:26AM BST, Wednesday, 12 July 2017
The Charlton women’s team have appointed James Marrs as first team coach to assist head coach Riteesh Mishra during the forthcoming FA Women’s Premier League season.
Marrs managed Brighton & Hove Albion Women for two years from 2014, leading them to the FA Women’s Premier League (FAWPL) South title in 2015/16.
Marrs left his previous position, manager of West Ham Ladies, in October and told us he is excited to be back coaching football again.
“I’m quite lucky because it’s nice and local for me and I’ve just missed coaching,” he said before his first training session. “I’ve not been coaching for a little while now so when the opportunity came up I had a discussion with Riteesh and [club secretary Sue Prior] and they obviously liked what they heard and I liked what I heard.
“I’ve had some fantastic games against Charlton and against some of the girls that are here over the last couple of seasons. I roughly know where some of them are, but there’s some new faces in so we’ll see how they get on.
“I’m just delighted to be here, delighted to get going and delighted to get back coaching. Just get my head down and hopefully I can add something to the camp that the guys might need and if I can, fantastic. If it can be more, then even better.”
Marrs’ coaching career started out at the David Beckham Academy and has taken him to America, via Crystal Palace, before landing him the first team manager’s job at Gillingham Ladies. He took the previously mid-table Kent side to within two points of winning the FAWPL South before leaving to join Brighton.
Having held the top jobs at two of the FAWPL South’s top clubs, the move to number two might be a surprise for some – and certainly a coup for the club.
But Marrs says he is adaptable – and is looking forward to working alongside Mishra, who is going into his first full season in charge of Charlton, as well as the rest of the coaching staff.
“We had a discussion about that,” he said. “It’ll be new to me because I’m used to leading but part of being a good coach is being able to adapt in certain scenarios.
“I had a great team of staff at Gillingham that I worked very closely with and exactly the same at Brighton. For me it’s not too much difference – it’ll probably be a little bit less stress, which is always good especially as I’m getting older!
“I’m looking forward to working with Riteesh – he seems nice and enthusiastic, bright, he’s got lots of good ideas and I’m hoping that I can add to them and if we can work together well then hopefully that’ll be enough to springboard us in the right direction.”