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Powell distances himself from Di Canio

FORMER TEAM-MATES: Powell and Di Canio

CHARLTON MANAGER Chris Powell has admitted his surprise at being seen as one of Paolo Di Canio “best friends” during the Italian’s playing career.

Di Canio has paid homage to Powell and Trevor Sinclair during the row over the new Sunderland manager’s far-right political views.

“It feels like I’ve been used to sort out someone else’s problem. We were team-mates for a year, in 2003 at Charlton, and he was a great signing. There was no doubting that.” Powell said.

“He came here and we soon found out we were dealing with an eccentric, emotional, talented football player. But, after a season, he wanted to go back home.”

The Charlton manager claimed that Di Canio never mentioned his political views during his playing time but admits he is a little perplexed by the Italians claims of friendship.

Powell says his involvement in the saga has only become a distraction to his season.

“I want all my efforts to be for Charlton, the players and fans with regards to our Championship season,” he said.

“Paolo has a chance to show people that he can manage at that level. He’ll have to live or die by what he’s done in the past and by his comments.”

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