BEN Garner has resigned as head coach of Swindon Town and joined Charlton Athletic as the Addicks' new manager.

The 42-year-old joined the Robins in the days after Clem Morfuni's takeover last summer and took Town to the League Two play-offs before missing out on a trip to Wembley courtesy of a penalty shoot-out defeat to Port Vale in the semi-finals.

Both clubs officially announced the news on Wednesday, with Town saying Garner had left his role at the County Ground and the Addicks finally unveiling the man who would replace Johnnie Jackson.

A deal for Swindon's assistant coaches, Scott Marshall and Scott Lindsey, to follow Garner to South London is still thought to be in the works.

In a statement from Swindon Town, the club said: "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."

Town then went on to assure fans that Garner's replacement should be announced very soon and the club will be able to start preparing for another season in the fourth tier.

Swindon's statement continued: "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 confirmed Garner has agreed a three-year contract at the Valley and has promised to get the League One club playing "attacking football" while "building on the success he achieved at Swindon."

Speaking to Charlton's media team, Garner 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."