Thomas Sandgaard Agrees Terms On Charlton Athletic Women’s Team Takeover
Thomas Sandgaard has agreed terms for the takeover of Charlton Athletic Women’s Team, subject to the requirements of the FA’s Women’s Super League and the FA Women’s Championship Competition Rules.
He is joined by Charlton fan and local businessman Stephen King, who, after Charlton Women were controversially disbanded in 2007 and were kept afloat initially by Charlton Athletic Community Trust, had been running the club as chairman.
The women’s team had been a separate organisation from the men’s team for more than a decade and the takeover would bring the two clubs under the same ownership for the first time since 2007.
Sandgaard, who purchased Charlton in September 2020, said: “I am looking forward to being able to complete the takeover of Charlton Athletic Women. I have loved my first few months in charge of the club and people will have probably seen that I’ve been bitten by the Charlton bug.
“One of the first things I did when I was in London after the takeover was go and watch Charlton Athletic Women play and I knew then that I wanted to bring the two clubs back together.
“Women’s football is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and you can see that a lot of the big clubs are investing in their women’s team. My long-term aims for Charlton is to reach the highest levels with both the men’s team and the women’s team, so I’m looking forward to getting started.”
King added: “I am delighted to be able to direct Charlton Athletic Women into such safe hands. The last ten years has been an exciting yet challenging time in charge with some great highs, including the promotion in 2018 and turning semi-professional.
“There have been very difficult periods, none more challenging than the current pandemic. Women’s football is growing at pace, and so are the demands on those running these clubs.
“I am pleased and relieved that Charlton Athletic Women have been able to come through it, and I am convinced the club now has a very positive future to look forward to under the stewardship of Mr Sandgaard.”
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