Charlton Athletic have announced the appointment of Steve Gallen as the club’s new Director of Football.
The new role ends Gallen’s time as the club’s Head of Recruitment, and gives the 46-year-old more authority with regards to transfers.
The appointment is one of the first significant staff changes at Charlton since Matt Southall was appointed as Chairman, and he is happy with the news.
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“He buys into the model that we’re looking to implement. He’s knowledgeable and he’s got a great track record,” Southall said.
“It’s something the chairman and I have been talking about for a few months since I first met him and for it to be officially announced is a really nice thing,” Steve Gallen added.
Gallen joined Charlton as Head of Recruitment in 2017, and also briefly had a spell on the club’s board of directors.
📝Steve Gallen appointed Director of Football
💬@MattSouthall84: "From my initial conversations with Steve, I knew he was someone that was going to be integral with us coming in.”
— Charlton Athletic FC (@CAFCofficial) January 10, 2020
Here are what Addicks fans made of this latest development…
So Matt Southall calling Steve Gallen, Director of Football in the press conference yesterday wasn’t a slip of the tongue, or an error haha
— VFF (@ValleyFloydFred) January 10, 2020
Brilliant news! 🙌
— 100%Charlton (@100PercentCafc) January 10, 2020
Sound appointment. Fully deserved by Steve Gallen and great from Matt to recognise he deserves it!🙌🏼 #cafc
— Ben (@BenCAFC93) January 10, 2020
I couldn’t imagine a more fitting appointment. Onwards and upwards!
— Martin Pezet (@mpezet) January 10, 2020
Absolutely brilliant news, deserves this and more for sticking with us in the harder times. Great move by @MattSouthall84 – now just Bowyer and the backroom staff and we will be starting to settle #cafc
— Sam Carter (@SamSamcarter11) January 10, 2020
One of the most unsung heroes in football. Credit where it’s due, great appointment!
— Ross Ramsey (@_RossRamsey) January 10, 2020
Doesn’t get enough praise. Fully deserved 👍🏻
— Dan Neve (@Dan_Neve92) January 10, 2020