After 5 years Paul Mortimer has made the decision to step down from the role of Women's First Team Manager
Taking over at the start of the 2007-08 season with just one senior player, Kim Dixson, on the books, Mortimer has led the Charlton women’s team into a new era.
After relegation from the Premier League National division in his first season, they established themselves in the Southern Division with fourth and seventh placed finishes.
The return of former skipper Kim Dixson from Watford coincided with the team lifting the Southern Division title and returning to the National Division for the 2011/12 season where they finished a very creditable fifth.
Reserve Team manager Bill Long has been appointed as caretaker manager until the committee have discussed plans for finding a replacement for Paul. Long will be assisted by 1st team skipper Kim Dixson who takes on the role of caretaker coach.
Long led the Addicks’ reserve team to a fourth placed league finish and the Kent Cup final last season and took his first game in the FA Women’s Premier League Cup victory against Gillingham last Sunday.
Mortimer reflecting on his decision stated “I have thought about this decision for a few months and although the timing is not as I’d have liked I believe it’s time for a new voice to move the team forward”.
“I would like to thank the players and staff, especially Sue Prior and Stephen King, as without these special people this club wouldn’t be here”
Although stepping down from Management Mortimer will continue to assist with training and providing support to the Charlton Women's and Girl section.
Skipper Kim Dixson paid her tributes to Paul commenting “When Paul took over we had a limited amount of players and got relegated from the National Division in the first season. Since then he has re-built the club and put us back where we belong. We were promoted the season before last with Paul in charge and we now have an established side in the National Division. Charlton Women have Paul to thank for where they are today and he will be greatly missed. On behalf of all the girls we wish him all the best”
Charlton Community Trust CEO, Jason Morgan, commented “I would like to thank Paul for all his support over the past years since the Women’s team moved from the operation of the Club to sit under the Trust. I wish Paul the best of luck for the future”