Spencer takes on Reserve Team role
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 9:39PM BST, Friday, 14 June 2013
Lewis Spencer is looking forward to building on the successes of last season when he takes over as manager of the Charlton women's reserve team.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge here. The infrastructure of this football club is absolutely fantastic and one of the main reasons I have come here"
Former Watford Ladies first team coach Spencer adopts a side that are fresh from winning the FA Women’s Premier League South title.
He is excited at the challenge of replicating the achievements of Stuart Weston, who takes over as first team manager, and supporting him in his new role.
He said: “Firstly I want to complement Stuart on what he’s achieved, it’s a great achievement to put that run of games together.
“There’ll be very little change and it’s an absolutely fantastic opportunity to work with a group of players who achieved that.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge here. The infrastructure of this football club is absolutely fantastic and one of the main reasons I have come here is because of the support network in place.
“It’s third time lucky for me here and it’s always somewhere I’ve wanted to come back and work at because it’s a fantastic football club.”
Spencer comes with vast coaching experience, having coached Watford Ladies in 2009, when current Charlton captain Kim Dixson was with the Hornets.
Before that he coached at Leyton Orient’s boys centre of excellence and last season he coached under Uwe Rosler at Brentford.
Last season he also helped West Ham United Ladies reserves, where he coached current Addicks players Emma Harrison and Francesca Tye.
Having coached with Charlton before, he knows the club well and is itching to get back into the swing of things when pre-season training commences at the end of June.
“I can’t wait to get started” he added. “I know a couple of players already, Emma Harrison and Fran were at West Ham when I was there last year and there are a few from when I was here before.
“The one really good thing about this football club that’s not evident at others is it’s unified - you haven’t got a first team squad and then a reserve team squad and there’s movement either way, which is essential because one, it’s competitive and two, it keeps them motivated.
“My objectives are just to build on what Stuart did last year. It’s going to be a long, hard season and I want the girls just to enjoy their football.
“The way you play football reflects your personality; if you can come in on a Sunday afternoon and give the best of yourself, we will never ask for any more of you.”