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Charlton Pull Plug

In breaking news just in it seems that Charlton have pulled the plug on the ladies team. Obviously looking at they're finances after being relegated last season the casualties in a bit of cost cutting seems to be the ladies team. No details so far though but it seems rumours are rife. Nothing yet on fg but the Charlton site had this....

Charlton FC said:
Job losses at The Valley

Charlton chief executive Peter Varney released a statement on Friday, June 22nd regarding staff redundancies at The Valley.

It read: "Following the club's relegation to the Football League Championship, revised budgets have been implemented that have resulted in a significant level of cuts in all areas of the club's operations.

"Regrettably, with effect from today, several job functions have been made redundant.

"I would like to thank all those staff who have been affected by this process for the professional way in which they conducted themselves during a very difficult process and for the contributions they have made to the progress of the club over recent years.

"A further statement will be made next week regarding those operations of the club which have been closed down or are to operate on a restricted basis.”
 

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This is a shame. Charlton used to have a good women's team (they won the FA Cup two years ago).

This is reminiscent of Manchester United's disbanding its women's team in 2005, ostensibly for financial reasons, but in their case the team was struggling on the field.

The sad fact is that women's football is not a profit-making venture for these clubs, because it doesn't get the TV revenue that fuels the men's teams.
 

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Sad news, and this is exactly why Women's football will never be taken seriously over here. Most clubs see it as an unneccessary expense. Whilst Charlton were committed to it originally, they obviously weren't as much as we thought. Still, they deserve credit for the investment they made initially, its more than everyone bar Arsenal.
 

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The structure of British women's football has been thrown into doubt after the demise of Charlton Athletic.

And Vic Akers, boss of the all-conquering Arsenal Ladies team, insists a "serious meeting" needs to take place after the Addicks cut loose thier ties with the second-biggest set-up in English women's football.

Charlton took the drastic move as part of a major cost-cutting exercise following the relegation of the men's team from the Premiership.

And despite Arsenal winning the Uefa Women's Cup, FA Women's Premier League, FA Women's Cup and FA Women's Premier League Cup last season, Akers is under no illusions.

"The situation at Charlton could happen to us," he warned. "It's worrying and not good news for the game. We want competitive football and one less decent team is not good for any of us. We want to strengthen the Premier League. So to see a side who are really successful, a side who are consistently in the top half of the league and one who reached the FA Cup final last year, fall by the wayside, is very sad.

"I think we need a serious meeting [with the rest of the League] to discuss the situation."

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