The Chris Powell era
After the drama of last week, a boon to us bloggers after an ostensibly endless period of gloom, we now begin the Chris Powell era, and with clearer heads we can begin to start to think what kind of manager he will be.
Yesterday at his first press conference he still came across as slightly dazzled by his appointment but he referred often to the hard work that now needs to take place. He asked for time and support and when quizzed on what type of manager he will be, he said he won’t be throwing tea-cups but will be a leader of men.
On how his teams will play football he remarked that he wanted to see the game played the right way, but equally football is about winning and the 3rd Division is not the best place to showcase keepy-uppies (he didn’t say that but you know what I mean if you didn’t hear it for yourselves).
But Powell left no one in any doubt that his team would play with a passion and honour in the red shirt. A team to be proud of again has been the message Powell has consistently talked about since his appointment on Friday.
I picked up on a couple of other things. One was that he never applied for the job, but Michael Slater said that 40 did. They interviewed just four, and in Powell’s case the interview lasted just 30 minutes. Also when quizzed on coaching staff, Chris was still a bit too vague for my liking in answering the question.
Keith Peacock and Damian Matthew will be kept, but I am hoping for an experienced non-Charlton man alongside him. Chris said he has a shortlist but won’t be rushed. It is a very important decision and not enough value I believe goes into the job an assistant manager or first team coach can do at a successful club. You think Sir Alex does it all on his own?
But overwhelmingly the interview left me with a tingle down my spine. At the end of the 30 minutes I almost switched to the British Airways site to book a ticket home for Saturday’s game, so much so does Chris Powell command hope and pride. If anyone inspires and summons support, then it is this man.
I’ll leave you with one final thought. Most journalists have focused on how few black managers there are in the game, two if you are wondering – Powell and Paul Ince, but how many England Internationals of recent times are working in the football league?
I can think of three. Powell, Ince ticks that box as well and Nigel Clough with Powell being the youngest. But think harder, which other of this generation of England full internationals have managed? I only get three more, and they are not very good examples – Alan Shearer, Tony Adams and John Barnes.