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It has been a great season for Charlton Athletic, winning their first major trophy and possibly the Championship on Saturday, resulting in manager Keith Boanas winning the Manager of the Year award at the National Women's Football Awards.
After the ceremony, a delighted Keith told Women's Soccer Scene: "I'm over the moon! Its a privilege, and just goes to show that the people who voted have showed respect - I would say for the girls and the team instead of myself. It's a great honour when you're voted for by your peers for an award like this."
The Addicks were chasing the 'treble' for a large part of the season and Keith has nothing but praise for his players. "At the start of the season, if anyone had said we'd be guaranteed the runners-up spot in the league, get to another cup final and win the league cup I would have bitten their hands off! We're trying to build on things season by season and we still have targets to go for next time.
"There were times this season when we were unbeatable, as Arsenal were in the cup final, and it's a case of finding the consistency to keep that going. We've had a tough season and some tough games, especially on the run in to the cup final so to maintain what we did despite some injuries to key players, I'm still very proud of the girls."
So will Keith be looking to strengthen the squad for next season. "Definitely, you're not a good manager if you're not looking to do so. No disrespect to the girls currently playing, but you have to look to increase your strength in depth as all the other teams will also try to."
Keith's day was completed by seeing young Charlton striker Ann Marie Heatherson receive the Young Player of the Year Award. "It was an emotional moment for me and I did shed a tear or two. I've seen her grow and worked with her throughout the age groups and at the academy, and to see the expression on her face when her name was called out was a fantastic moment. I'm proud of the girl, she has a great attitude and great commitment to the game."
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