Danny Senda appointed assistant manager
This news didn’t get a lot of attention today with most of the Addicks’ atmosphere being taken up by the takeover – who said ‘wouldn’t it be great if we can just get back to concentrating on the football and talk about football stuff’?
Danny Senda has stepped up from the U21’s to being joint assistant manager to Dean Holden with Anthony Hayes.
You have to admire promoting from within and in previous years Jason Euell, Lee Bowyer and Jacko were working with the academy until they were thrust into senior action.
Would I have preferred an outside candidate that could bring experience and more tactical insightfulness. Probably, but then I remembered Terry Skiverton and more recently Scott Marshall.
Holden said he didn’t want a yes man, and I understand that Senda is very assertive and an opposite personality to Hayes. I build teams and I always seek contrasting personalities. Hayes and Senda have a history of working together.
Senda came across very well when he did a CAFC TV commentary in the latter part of the season, and hopefully Senda and Hayes both get to spend a big chunk of their career at Charlton now they have moved out of the somewhat more comfortable academy.
Return to Senda………
What needs to be asked is ….
Is this just the cheap option?
Will Jason Pearce now step up to Senior Professional Development Phase (PDP) Lead Coach and take over the U21’s?
Will Chris Lock step up to the U18’s ?
My negative mind would be inclined to concur, it’s the cheap option?
However, having said that, there have been calls for a clean sweep of the backroom staff and with Jackson and Euell gone has that now been implemented?
Well done to Danny, he deserves the promotion.
Quite a few players from the teams he has coached have gone on to become first team regulars and several others are bubbling under.
As Assistant Manager to Dean Holden he’ll be coaching players who he already knows, it should also make the transition of others into the first team easier.
We also needed somebody in the first team set up with some defensive nous, we conceded far too many goals, especially from set pieces. Anything he can do is to reduce the number of soft goals scored by opponents has to be positive.