McDonagh appointed as Development Coach
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 3:20PM UTC, Wednesday, 14 August 2013
The Charlton women’s team are pleased to confirm the appointment of Paul McDonagh as head coach of the newly-formed development squad.
McDonagh is an experienced coach who is currently studying for his UEFA A Licence and also works as head scout and academy manager at Dartford FC.
The former Gillingham and Ebbsfleet United player has already had a number of training sessions with the Addicks and has overseen two friendly wins, including a 9-1 victory over Rusthall at the weekend.
After a highly-competitive recruitment process for the role, Paul came out on top and is now looking forward to helping shape the next generation of Charlton women’s team players.
He said: “I’m looking forward to being able to coach in-game tactics a bit more. I’m looking forward to basing my coaching around also trying to win the game as well as developing the players.
“It’s the sort of role that suits me currently in terms of it gives me the opportunity to really help develop players and that is what, at this stage in my career, is something I can offer a lot.
“I would like to think I can give them a good balance of technical and tactical information because they are still at an age where they need both.
“It’s not all about tactics and winning, you have to take on board some technical stuff as well. I’m looking forward to getting involved with it and hopefully they will really enjoy it.”
The development squad has been set up with the intention of providing a transition phase between youth football and senior football.
The squad will mainly be made up of players who were in our under 17 squad last season, with the addition of a number of talented youngsters brought in from other teams.
They will compete in the South-East Counties Division One, the highest possible tier they could be fast-tracked into, and McDonagh’s main aim this season “is to get everyone better”.
He added: “Seeing their standard at the beginning of the season, giving them individual things to work on and by the end of the season lets tick that box and if you get better at that halfway through the season, let’s maintain it and give you another challenge.
“In terms of results this season, I want to win as many games as possible. I’ve not seen the league we are in, in terms of the level of opposition so it’ll be interesting to see that.”
After injury forced him to end his playing career, Paul has held a number of coaching positions, including first team coach at Thamesmead Town and manager at both Rusthall and Bearsted.
In the women’s game, he was Centre of Excellence coach at Gillingham Ladies and, last season, managed Surrey University’s women’s football team.