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Swindon manager finally agrees to become new Charlton boss with details revealed

Swindon Town manager Ben Garner finally agrees to become the new Charlton Athletic boss with further details revealed this week.

The Addicks managerial search is seemingly at an end at long last with Garner agreeing a two-year contract to become the League One side’s new boss.

Charlton got rid of Johnnie Jackson soon after the end of the third tier season and have brought in Garner after what has been reported to be an extended process.


Ryan Walker, of Total Sport Swindon, first tweeted an update on the situation.

He wrote: “Ben Garner has now formally agreed terms with Charlton and compensation fee has been agreed with Swindon for him.

“Scott Marshall and Scott Lindsey have both had zoom calls with Charlton, now the two clubs need to agree compensation fee for them.

“Deal should be closed soon.

“Can also confirm it will be a 2-year deal for Garner at Charlton. Reported salary over that period is in excess of £180k.”

The South London Press said the appointment was close to be confirmed ten days ago, with the delay leading to concerns from fans, especially with it being 12 days remaining before the club’s pre-season tour begins.


Whilst completing the UEFA Pro Licence in 2014, Garner was mentored by then Chelsea manager José Mourinho. Previously, Garner was the assistant head coach at West Bromwich Albion and first team coach at Crystal Palace.

Before managing Bristol Rovers, he was assistant head coach at ATK in the Indian Super League.

Garner began coaching at a young age following a serious injury with the original motivation to coach being he didn’t feel young players were being coached well enough technically and tactically. Garner was also inspired by Terry Venables who “stood out from anything I had experienced previously”.

Garner has previously been praised for how hard he works to develop his game and how much time he dedicates to each player. Another added that “he’s a phenomenal person. He’s a top, top coach, his attention to detail is unreal and he sees things that we don’t see. He’s a class act all around”.

On the 21st of July 2021, Garner was appointed head coach of Swindon Town by new owner Clem Morfuni. At the time of Garner’s appointment, the club only had seven players, Garner’s newly implemented transfer policy focusing on the signings of younger players. Despite this difficult start to his time at the club, Garner guided Swindon to the play-offs in his first season in charge, finishing the season in sixth place.


Bristol Rovers – 23 December 2019 until 14 November 2020 – 33 games, 6 wins, 10 draws, 17 defeats, 18.18 win %
Swindon Town – 21 July 2021 until Present – 56 games, 28 wins, 12 draws, 16 defeats, 50.00 win %
Total – 89 games, 34 wins, 22 draws, 33 defeats, 38.20 win %


Swindon Town Football Club can confirm that Head Coach Ben Garner has left the club in order to join Charlton Athletic.

The two clubs have agreed terms on compensation, and we wish Ben all the very best for the future.

Ben took charge of Town last summer and, despite only starting his tenure with six players, led the club to the EFL Sky Bet League Two Playoffs and to within one game of Wembley.

We’d like to thank Ben for his considerable efforts during his time with us.

We also want to reassure fans that the search for a new Head Coach is well underway and we hope to make an appointment soon.

We want to make sure that this next appointment is right for the Football Club, so thank you for your continued patience and support.


Charlton Athletic are delighted to confirm the appointment of Ben Garner as men’s first team’s Manager on a three-year contact.

The highly-rated 42-year-old put pen to paper on the deal this week and will focus on getting the Addicks playing attacking football.

He joins Charlton after an impressive season at Swindon Town, where his side scored more goals, had more shots, more shots on target and more possession than any team in their league in 2021/22.

Speaking shortly after signing at The Valley, he said: “It feels fantastic to be here. I’m really pleased and can’t wait to get going. Charlton is a massive football club. Both in terms of history and tradition and just as importantly in terms of potential and scope looking forwards.

“Attacking football is what I believe in, that is how I think football should be played and I will be looking to implement that from day one, both home and away. There is no differentiation in terms of how we prepare, how we will play, we will be consistent and we want to attack. We want to have the ball as much as possible, creating chances, scoring goals and being on the front foot, playing with lots of energy without the ball. I want the team to be positive and confident, I want the fans to enjoy coming to watch us play.”

Charlton’s CEO and Owner, Thomas Sandgaard, explained that Garner’s side’s attacking intent factored into the club’s decision to select him over many other candidates.

He said: “We are obviously striving for a much better season. We will have the best chance of success by creating more chances and scoring more goals than we did last season. Ben’s track record for playing attacking football matches that. We were also impressed with his history of improving and developing players, his man-management and his wide range of coaching experience in the top four tiers of English football. He’s a talented, young manager, who is highly respected in the football world.

“Our intention is to get all our teams, through all the age groups, playing with an attacking style. I’m really looking forward to watching Ben implement that style with the men’s first team next season and integrating our young talent.”

Garner comes to the Addicks with a vast coaching experience across the football pyramid, that spans more than 15 years, and includes more than four years coaching in the Premier League, including a two-year spell as Assistant Head Coach at West Bromwich Albion.

He will meet the Charlton squad for the first time when they return for pre-season next Thursday. The team then travel to Spain on Saturday, June 25th for a week-long pre-season training camp.

In the meantime, Garner will work with the club’s recruitment team to make additions to the first team.

Fans reacted as the Swindon manager finally agrees to become the new Charlton boss with details revealed…

@makadeni1: Ben Garner new #Cafc boss. Decided to be more positive in life so wish him ultimate success. Realised I don’t care what manager we have, means nothing if our players are crap. We need a good summer window. COYA.

@DeanJames8: Can’t say I’m that bothered Ben Garner has left us, the style is very slow, doesn’t help to generate a great atmosphere. #CAFC

@maccalad10: How exciting 🤷🏻‍♂️

@Shemhorsefield: If Cafc can get the recruitment right then this could be a great appointment for the club. I’m excited to see what happens over the next few weeks and months!

@Dan_Crawford: Disgraceful appointment

@debsb155: Just want garner to be officially announced now and it be over… you know when your mum says I’m not angry I’m disappointed that’s how I feel in him, talked the talk about the project, but actually was just talking bullshit. #stfc

@marlandface: WTF!!! #stfc

@barrett17tom: Good, now we can draw a line under this and get a new gaffer in #stfc

@Jonny_STFC: Goodbye garner, you wanker!.. 👋🏻 #STFC

@JacobBadcock: Ryan Mason please then, Town. #STFC

@ThatRationalFan: Reports from #stfc about Garner agreeing and talks with Marshall and Lindsey. Need to hit the ground running with the season fast approaching. Bring in players that fit the system. Ship out ones that don’t. Can’t afford a slow start. Critical days and weeks at #cafc.

@jordan_ireson: Let’s all get behind garner #cafc

@owenstfc_: Very interested to see how Garner does at #cafc. The general consensus amongst our fan base is that our relative success came from strong recruitment driven by Chorley rather than the sometimes stubborn tactics of Garner. Nonetheless, he seemed to manage the dressing room well.

@addicks4ever: Ben Garner is our man…warm welcome to #cafc Ben 👍🏻 the #addicks fans are right behind you 💪🏻🔴👍🏻

@paulpovey33: Draw a line under it, get our manager in, new players and smash league 2 #youreds #stfc

@stfcjosh: Thank the lord, what a birthday present

@PnoTuna: Scott Marshall is one thing, but I’d like Scott Lindsey to stay tbh

@ShoreRobert: It’s taken far too long but a promising appointment, especially if Garner is allowed to bring his backroom staff with him. @SandgaardThomas and son now have to step back and trust Garner and his staff do the job they’ve hired him to do. And back him in the transfer market. #cafc

@spennjy66: About time, now let’s sign some decent players #cafc

@STFCjay: Is Mason in yet? #stfc

Come on then, let’s be avin’ ya.
Cat’s out of the bag now.
Time to reveal the tiger 😅

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