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Powell's red and white army are marching on

TWO'S COMPANY: The Voice of Sport's Natasha Henry with Charlton manager Chris Powell

‘CHRISSY POWELL’S red army’ is what the Valley faithful sing; and that was certainly the case as Charlton concluded their League One promotion-winning season with a 3-2 win against Hartlepool United.

Even the most hardened football fan would have melted at the sight of the gentlemanly Chris Powell being hoisted up in the air by his team as they collected their League One trophy.

As a former player, and Valley legend, Powell is as much of a fan, as the people that pay for their season tickets on a monthly basis.

The victorious Charlton boss said: “When the call came, people said ‘it’s a hindrance’ and you should never go back because you can spoil your legacy. But I wanted to enhance it.”

For a man who spent eight years at the club, it makes sense that he knows exactly what was expected. “I’m at the helm and it’s such a great feeling for me. I don’t know too many clubs that have been through all this and keep coming back.”

The humble Powell, a former England player, has made some key decisions this term including the return to the club of Jason Euell who came on in the 82nd minute against Hartlepool.

Powell said of his capture of the experienced Euell: “He trained with us at the start of
the season, and it was clear he made a difference not only on the field; but as a man.

“ I just thought today was a big moment for us as a club and he’s well liked by the fans and everyone else. He hadn’t been involved for a while, and I thought if it goes right we could get him on the pitch so he could play a part.”

While there is a myth in football that everyone is out for themselves, Powell is able to buck that trend and allocate respect to all those who have affected him on his journey to the top.

He said: “[How I am] is what I’ve met along the way. I have to thank all those guys, the managers I’ve played under. You’re oblivious as a player but as manager you understand exactly what they went through.”

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