Charlton owner Sandgaard agrees takeover of Charlton Athletic Women

The men’s and women’s teams at Charlton have been separate organisations for more than a decade and the deal, which is subject to FA approval, would bring them under the same ownership for the first time since 2007.

Sandgaard will take over the Charlton Athletic Women from Charlton fan and local businessman Stephen King, who along with the Charlton Athletic Community Trust, helped keep the club afloat 14 years ago after it was controversially disbanded.

Charlton Athletic Women were one of the leading teams in the domestic game during the early 2000s when they won both the FA Cup and the League Cup. They currently play in the FA Women’s Championship.

Sandgaard, who bought Charlton last September, 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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