Weston named as new 1st Team Manager
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 9:31PM BST, Thursday, 13 June 2013
The Charlton womenís first teamís new manager Stuart Weston is hoping to repay the faith shown in him by replicating the success he had as reserve manager last season.
"The good thing about this club is that we are like a family"
Weston led the Addicks second string to the FA Women’s Premier League South title, as well as a Kent Senior Cup final runners up spot and to the Premier League Cup semi-final.
Taking over four games into the season, his record with the reserves stands at 14 wins and 47 goals scored from 16 games, with the only two defeats narrow cup losses.
He will now oversee the first team from the 2013-14 season onwards and hopes the quality of the squad he has adopted will result in another successful season.
Stuart said: “Obviously we had a good season with the reserves, winning the league and doing well in the cup competitions. “But to be asked to be first team manager was a mix of surprise, shock, excitement and also a gratefulness for the belief that has been shown in me.
“There are some amazing players in the side and as long as they believe in what they can do and believe in their abilities I see no reason why we can’t win the league and cups next year.
“It’s going to be a competitive league, so it’s not a given that we will win it. It’s going to require hard work and 100 per cent commitment from every single one of us but I have no doubts whatsoever that we can do it.”
With the number of players from last season’s squad to have committed their future to the club now into double figures, the Addicks will have a strong squad to take into the new campaign.
Having been around the squad for almost a year, Stuart feels the players are like a family and is pleased with their reaction to his appointment. “I spoke with a number of them and the response I’ve been getting is they’re happy I’ve been asked to be manager,” he added.
“From texts I keep getting from the girls they are so excited about next season they want it to start tomorrow - as do I.
“The good thing about this club is that we are like a family. People get on so well, there’s not any rifts and we enjoy each other’s company.
“It’s nice the players want to stay here and for me personally it’s a lovely feeling to know they want to stay here; because some of them have told me they want to stay because I’m taking the team, which is a lovely thing to say.
“I know that every single one of them loves this club, they love to play football and it won’t take much for me to get them to give 100 per cent.”