Thomas makes new appointments
Hopefully this is a pre-requisition of an active summer player window as Thomas Sandgaard has had a busy week with three new senior staff appointments.
The highest profile appointment is that of Brian Jokat as Chief Operating Officer (COO). The 60-year old has had a very varied career across Europe working in England, Germany, Switzerland, Turkey and Bosnia & Herzegovina, where he was head coach of the national hockey team.
In fact Jokat, Canadian born, has spent the majority of his career in ice hockey including being the CEO of the London Knights twenty years ago.
Jokat’s involvement with Charlton Athletic Community Trust from 2005 to 2012 plus his varied career has obviously appealed to Sandgaard, and I wish him well.
Jon De Souza has been appointed as First-Team Development Coach. His role according to Sandgaard will be developing and improving players from the first team and the academy.
De Souza has 17 years of experience in football having worked previously with Luton Town, Brentford and most recently Colchester United, where his departure appears to have been met with great glee!
De Souza was initially Colchester’s Academy Manager but three season’s ago he took the role of Technical and Performance Director. Statistics will show that his guidance has not had the desired effect.
The future will tell if this was a Jackson appointment or not.
The final appointment was forced in that the long-serving Chris Parkes is retiring and Sandgaard has chosen Ron Dangerfield to replace him as club secretary.
The biggest asset a football club secretary can have is that they operate behind the scenes with little or no news attached to them. That means that the job is being doing right and efficiently.
The wonderfully named Dangerfield was also at Brentford like De Souza, the Bees being Sandgaard’s most admired club. More recently Dangerfield was Chairman of Maldon & Tiptree, who play in the 8th tier Isthmian League Northern Division.
I’m not sure if that was a vanity product, or he had a local connection but I hope six years outside of the EFL doesn’t make Ron too rusty on it’s rules and regulations.
Sandgaard thinks he has the skill set and I hope the new club secretary has a extremely busy summer.
Good luck to Brian, Jon and Ron.