New role for Gallen. Roddy ‘resigns’
Happy Christmas Eve all, and a busy Charlton news day it was too.
Ged Roddy had become a bit of cult figure amongst Addicks’ fans, not for anything that he’d particularly done, but for what he had supposed to have done. He gave one early interview when he came across as knowledgeable and excited about the role, but ever since whispers of his baneful operating style out-noised any responses from the man himself.
Today Thomas Sandgaard announced that Roddy had resigned from his role as club Technical Director, a soft landing for Roddy himself and less egg on the face of the owner who selected him initially and sung his praises as the next coming. Thomas has a habit of that.
Roddy appeared to be in the middle of selecting Nigel Adkins, a poor summer recruitment plan, and allegedly many in-house staffing problems. He did take credit for introducing the club to Thomas in the first place, and if this is indeed fact, then we should be grateful.
Roddy will continue his relationship with Charlton and consult on the club’s efforts to gain category one academy status, for which Sandgaard is full steam ahead. Initially Sandgaard said he would also support the efforts of the Women’s, sorry Ladies, team.
Steve Gallen has a change of job title as well, and moves to Director of Recruiting, which is less grandiose than his previous title of Director of Football, but more defined and suited to Gallen’s skill set.
Helping him though is now Thomas’ son Martin, in a newly formed role of Director of Analysis. I think we will have to see how this develops and if Martin possesses the skills required and how he oversees Jacko’s support analysts already on the payroll.