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Kinsella makes Valley move
06 Dec 2006 - 18:21:12
Charlton Athletic have unveiled former captain Mark Kinsella as the latest new member of head coach Les Reed's backroom staff at the Premiership strugglers.
The 34-year-old former Addicks midfielder - who skippered the 1998 First Division play-off winning and 2000 First Division championship winning sides - will take up his new role after making one final playing appearance at the weekend.
Kinsella is currently on the books of Walsall but has been given permission by the League Two leaders to return to The Valley.
The former Republic of Ireland midfielder made 226 appearances for the Addicks between 1996 and 2002 and will replace Mark Robson as the club's development coach following his step up to first-team duties since the appointment of Reed last month.
"I've always said one day I wanted to come back to Charlton and I'm delighted to get the opportunity now," Kinsella told the club's official website.
"When I was a player at the club we worked hard for a number of years to get in the Premiership and establish ourselves, and now I'm really looking forward to being part of the team to try and move the club up the table."
Head coach Reed added: "Among the very well qualified and high calibre number of potential coaches, I'm delighted to be able to welcome the appointment of Mark.
"I'm particularly pleased that Mark has agreed to join us because he has very strong leadership qualities, tremendous drive and enthusiasm and of course Charlton blood running through his veins."