Dean Holden named Charlton manager as League One strugglers announce major shake-up of club board


harlton have announced the appointment of Dean Holden as their new manager and former Brentford boss Andy Scott as technical director as part of a major shakeup of the club’s hierarchy.

Owner Thomas Sandgaard announced the changes, which include the appointment of a director of operations in Jim Rodwell, on Tuesday, after coming under intense pressure from fans to sell the club, with the Addicks languishing in 18th place in league one and only four points from the relegation zone. Ed Warrick has been appointed as CFO in the fourth and latest addition.

Holden, who previously managed Bristol City and Oldham, replaces Ben Garner, who was laid off earlier this monthand becomes the fifth permanent boss at the Valley since Sandgaard took over the club in September 2020.

Meanwhile, Scott has held key recruiting roles at Swansea, Watford and Nottingham Forest since leaving Brentford.

Tellingly, Sandgaard said the arrival of former Hull City chief executive Rodwell “gives us senior leadership, on the ground in The Valley.” One of the main criticisms of Sandgaard’s administration has been his inability to run the club remotely from his home in the United States.

“I am delighted that we have been able to appoint such experienced and knowledgeable people to help us move forward,” Sandgaard said.

“Each appointee has experience at Championship level or higher and the appointments should give us the structure and stability we need to progress as a club.

“When the men’s first team is successful, it lifts up the whole club, which is why the additions in the football aspect are so important. Dean Holden is a talented coach, well respected in football circles. He will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to help us as we look to get our season back on track.”

Charlton confirmed that caretaker boss Anthony Hayes will remain in charge for tomorrow night’s League Cup meeting with Brighton, before Holden takes over in time for the Boxing Day visit to Peterborough.

“I’m really pleased that we were able to bring Andy Scott in,” continued Sangaard. He is a highly respected individual who has played a significant role in the success of several clubs and has the vision, skill set and contacts to help move the club forward.

“He will play a key role in the January transfer window and, in the longer term, help to further align our men’s first team and academy leadership.” .

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