Coaching Staff


Men's First-Team Manager: Ben Garner

Ben Garner was appointed Men's First-Team Manager in June 2022, putting pen-to-paper on a three-year deal at The Valley.

The 42-year-old arrives in SE7 with an array of coaching experience across the footballing pyramid spanning more than 15 years.

Having spent seven years coaching Crystal Palace's academy, Garner was promoted to First-Team Coach in the 2012/13 campaign, helping the Eagles gain promotion back to the Premier League. While at Selhurst Park, he attained his UEFA Pro Licence and was mentored by José Mourinho.

Garner joined West Bromwich Albion as a First-Team Coach in October 2015 before being promoted to the role of Assistant Head Coach 11 months later.

Following a short stint in India as Steve Coppell's Assistant Head Coach at ATK, he landed his first managerial role with Bristol Rovers in December 2019.

Swindon Town appointed Garner as their Head Coach in July 2021 and the 42-year-old impressed immediately, leading his young Robins side to the League Two play-off semi-finals having scored more goals, had more shots, more shots on target and more possession than any other team in the fourth tier in 2021/22.

Men's First-Team Assistant Coach: Scott Marshall

Scott Marshall was appointed Men's First-Team Assistant Coach in June 2022, reuniting with Ben Garner who he worked alongside at Swindon Town.

The Scotsman, who came through the Arsenal youth system and played 25 games for the Gunners, has worked at Brentford, Norwich City, Aston Villa and Reading in an impressive coaching career spanning more than 15 years.

Marshall joined Garner at Swindon ahead of the 2021/22 campaign and helped steer the Robins to the play-offs.

Goalkeeping Coach: Glyn Shimell

Former goalkeeper Glyn Shimell started his coaching career at Bromley alongside then-manager Mark Goldberg under whom he had previously played for.

While at Hayes Lane, Shimell held a dual role as First-Team Goalkeeping Coach and Lead Academy Coach. In his time with the Ravens, Shimell was part of Neil Smith's management team that (at the time) recorded its highest ever league finish and the club's Wembley appearance in the FA Trophy final.

A brief spell at Crystal Palace as an Academy Goalkeeping Coach was followed by three years at Millwall as Head of Academy Goalkeeping. In his time with the Lions, he worked alongside former Addick Chris Perry where both the U18 and U23 teams won their respective leagues.

Shimell holds both the Level 4 UEFA A Goalkeeping Licence and the Level 4 Advanced Youth Award (Goalkeeping).

First-Team Development Coach: Jon De Souza

Jon De Souza has 17 years of experience in football having worked previously with Luton Town, Brentford and most recently Colchester United.

De Souza began working in professional football in 2005 at Luton Town’s academy, where he became their U18s and Reserve Team Manager until 2011, when he joined Brentford to become their U21s Head Coach. At Brentford, he worked with current academy coaches Anthony Hayes and Dan Senda and also supported Mark Warburton’s first-team staff when the club were promoted from League One in 2013/14.

He became Academy Manager at Colchester United in 2016 before becoming their Technical and Performance Director in 2019.

In his role he works closely with players and staff from both the academy and first team. It includes working with first-team players to help them add to their game and also working with academy players to help prepare them for first-team football.

Director of Recruiting: Steve Gallen 

Coaching qualification: UEFA Pro Licence 

Possessing over two decades of coaching and scouting experience at both academy and senior level, Steve Gallen joined the Addicks as Head of Recruitment in May 2017. 

Beginning his coaching career in 1997, Gallen quickly became a vital member of staff within Queens Park Rangers’ youth set-up. 

He oversaw the development of the club’s U12s, U16s and U18s – where he worked closely with England international Raheem Sterling – before being appointed as Rangers’ Head of Youth Development. 

He would also coach the club’s U21s and, under Gallen, QPR’s academy won five items of silverware, including the Professional Development League 2 title in 2013 and the FL Youth Alliance League in 2011 and 2012. 

A UEFA Pro Licensed Coach, Gallen was appointed as Rangers’ first-team coach in 2015. He departed them following 19 years of service a year later and went on to continue developing his experience in the scouting side of the game. 

Gallen is the middle-aged of three footballing brothers. Eldest sibling Joe worked as assistant manager to Kenny Jackett at both Millwall and Wolverhampton Wanderers, while younger brother Kevin is QPR’s sixth highest goalscorer, having hit 104 goals for the club between 1994 and 2007. 

Academy Director: Steve Avory

Academy Director Steve Avory is one of Charlton’s most important members of staff. 

As of the beginning of the 2017/18 season, no fewer than 42 players had graduated from the club’s academy and gone on to represent the first-team since Avory joined the Addicks.

A former school teacher - who once taught England Manager Gareth Southgate - Avory joined Charlton as Assistant Director of the Academy in January 2001. 

Two years later, he became Assistant Manager of the Addicks’ youth set-up and in August 2010 he was appointed as the club’s Academy Manager. 

The academy has thrived under the stewardship of Avory and his highly-skilled staff. Charlton’s U18s and U23s have both been crowned national champions of Professional Development League 2 in recent seasons, while the U14s were victorious at the prestigious Youdan Trophy tournament in 2016. 

As well as this, a number of graduates have gone on, and continue, to play in the Premier League and represent England at both senior and youth levels.


Men's First-Team Head Physiotherapist: Adam Coe

Head of Physical Performance: Josh Hornby 

Men's First-Team Sports Scientist: Ben Talbot

Men's First-Team Assistant Therapist: Steve Jackson 

Director of Analytics: Martin Sandgaard

Men's First-Team Kit Manager: Wayne Baldacchino

Head of Player Care: Tracey Leaburn

Club Doctor: Toby Longwill