Thomas Sandgaard has revealed that his son Martin is taking on an increased role in Charlton Athletic’s player recruitment process – with technical director Ged Roddy now focusing on the women’s team and obtaining category 1 status for the academy.
The US-based Dane appointed Johnnie Jackson as manager on Friday after a highly successful caretaker spell.
Sandgaard junior has been in the UK since Nigel Adkins was let go as boss towards the end of October.
Asked about the reshuffle, the Addicks owner told Charlton TV: “Ged Roddy, out technical director, will in future be focused on the academy and also the ladies team.
“He will be focused on getting us category one status. He has a lot of experience with the FA in that entire environment, which is helpful. He’ll be doing that, going forward, on a more consulting basis.
“Martin, my son, is over there and he’s got quite a bit into the football side. He’s taking over running part of our recruitment where we are identifying players who have the right type of traits, background and age to keep strengthening our squad.
“He’ll be doing that more from an analytical point of view, working together with Steve Gallen.”
Sandgaard had confirmed to our paper in November that his son was staying on in the UK.
He told us then: “We were looking in the first week or two to see [how it worked]. Sometimes when you are this far away, on the other side of the ocean, you feel like no-one ever listens to you and everyone goes about their business – regardless of what I tell them to do.
“We’ve decided that Martin is staying there. He is entirely focused on the football side of things, not the business side of things. We have a number of people here from the US who are supporting the business side of Charlton. I have several people from the US putting in eight hours a day to support the business side, focusing on things like the Fill The Valley campaign.”
PICTURES: KEITH GILLARD
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