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19-Apr 21:26, by Ketts

The South London Press are reporting that Charlton are chasing Bradford winger, Mark Marshall. The Addicks also announced their new head of recruitment on Wednesday.

Charlton are reportedly chasing‎ Bradford winger Mark Marshall. Marshall has been a regular for the Bantams this season, but his contract expires in the summer, and he favours a move back to his London roots.

Marshall will be 30 next month, and joined Bradford from Port Vale in 2015, and has previously played for Coventry, Barnet, Tranmere and Swindon.

He is a Jamaican international, and started his career in non-league.‎

‎The Addicks announced on Wednesday that 43-year-old Steve Gallen had been appointed as head of recruitment, replacing Steve Head.

Gallen holds a Pro Licence and had a short period as Queens Park Rangers' caretaker manager in‎ 2009, and more recently was in charge of Hong Kong Pegasus.

‎Gallen has known Karl Robinson for fifteen years, and his coaching abilities appealed to Charlton's boss. 

Here's what Robinson had to say after Gallen's appointment was announced:

"I am very pleased to be working with Steve. He is someone who has coached in the Championship at QPR. He’s done a lot of work and he knows what I expect. ‎

"He’s a pro-license coach. He has a great eye for a player. When you have a coach in that position, they understand the rotations that I am looking for."

Gallen added: ‎

"I am very, very pleased to have joined Charlton. This is a big club with great history. 

"Karl and I have known each other for 15 years. We came up the same way in coaching, through schoolboys, reserves and as assistants. He’s gone on to do incredibly well and we’ve kept in touch throughout.‎ 

"There is a trust there. I trust him, he trusts me. I know what he looks for in a player. I know what a ‘Karl Robinson player’ looks like. 

"I’ve just started at the club and I’m really looking forward to it. I want to identify the best players within our budget and then help do what we can to get them in."‎ 

It will be a busy summer, Robinson has said he wants to bring ten players in. Some of them have already been identified, others will be recommended by Gallen.

Gallen's ability to 'sell' the club to potential recruits is an added bonus.‎

 

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