UPDATE: Charlton sack manager Chris Powell - sparking supporter anger

News Shopper: Chris Powell's tenure at Charlton has come to an abrupt end. Chris Powell's tenure at Charlton has come to an abrupt end.

Chris Powell has been sacked by Charlton, in a move that has sparked anger among fans.

New owner Roland Duchatelet showed him the door last night after their relationship broke down with the club fighting for survival at the bottom of the Championship and being dumped out of the FA Cup by Sheffield United at the weekend.

Mr Duchatelet said: “We have been working with Chris Powell and his representatives for a couple of weeks to try and agree a contract extension which would have seen us continue to work together.

“There was good progress, but we could not reach an agreement over the club’s football strategy going forward.

“The situation put a strain on the working relationship between Chris and the board. Therefore I think it is best for all parties that we part ways at this stage.

“I would like to thank Chris for his commitment and hard work over the past three years. The club enjoyed a number of good times under his leadership.

“However, given the club’s position in the league and the number of important fixtures upcoming, I felt this difficult decision was unavoidable at this time.

“We will look to quickly appoint a replacement who we feel will give us the best chance of avoiding relegation from the Championship.

“I can assure supporters this was not an easy decision, but it has been made with the club’s future in mind. Time will tell if it is the right decision.”

The former England international, who had a three-year spell in charge, had seen talks over a contract extension stall in recent weeks.

He led the Addicks to the League One title in 2011-12 But the loss at Bramall Lane has seen the club abandon the manager who enjoyed three distinguished spells as a player at The Valley.

However, despite the team's poor form, Powell has retained the support of fans who blame a lack of financial backing for the Addicks' failure to progress.

Powell’s position had been precarious ever since Belgian billionaire Duchatelet took over in January.

The club sold top performers Yann Kermogrant, Dale Stephens and Ben Alnwick during the January transfer window.

Powell's sacking leaves Belgian coach Jose Riga in charge ahead of tomorrow night's crucial match against Huddersfield Town - which is likely to see vocal support from fans for their former manager.

"Betrayal"

Powell's sacking has not gone down well with Addicks fans online, with some threatening not to renew their season tickets.

Matt Wright wrote on Twitter: "Furious. Disillusioned. Betrayal. Disingenuous. Cowards. Ill-considered. Senseless. Classless."

Charlie Perfitt said: "What's gonna happen to our club now. Thanks for everything Sir Chris."

Twitter user ‏@HeyHoRothko said: "A good man gone for all the wrong reasons."

And Glenn Southam wrote: "How depressing. Heart and soul ripped from our club."

Addicks fan Dave Berry, a DJ and ambassador for Charlton Athletic Community Trust, said: "Chris Powell, not only a CAFC legend amongst fans but also a very nice chap.

"It's sad to see him go but what have we come to expect?

"And I don't mean just at the Valley, throughout football. You read and hear about it almost every week. Good luck Chris."

Have Charlton made the right decision or will this just make their situation worse? Leave your thoughts below.

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8:47am Tue 11 Mar 14

JoeBlobbs says...

A top man and great ambassador for the club and the sport in general.
Unfortunately its a results business and the results haven't been there.

Good luck to him and I for one hope he's back in football soon, having met the man I can honestly say a true gent and credit the game.
A top man and great ambassador for the club and the sport in general. Unfortunately its a results business and the results haven't been there. Good luck to him and I for one hope he's back in football soon, having met the man I can honestly say a true gent and credit the game. JoeBlobbs
  • Score: -71

8:53am Tue 11 Mar 14

JoeBlobbs says...

Oops sorry, meant to write 'credit to the game' before the English teachers come on here to correct my work
Oops sorry, meant to write 'credit to the game' before the English teachers come on here to correct my work JoeBlobbs
  • Score: -32

11:13am Tue 11 Mar 14

Charlton Dan says...

Personaly I m digusted with his sacking, he did a great job with little cash. Great player and great manager. A rare breed of professional on and off the pitch indeed a credit to the game. Duchatelet isn't a fan of Charlton he is just using the club for his own benefit, I do hope someone take's the club over from that greedy Belgian.
Personaly I m digusted with his sacking, he did a great job with little cash. Great player and great manager. A rare breed of professional on and off the pitch indeed a credit to the game. Duchatelet isn't a fan of Charlton he is just using the club for his own benefit, I do hope someone take's the club over from that greedy Belgian. Charlton Dan
  • Score: 32

12:07pm Tue 11 Mar 14

the wall says...

For all their delusions of being a big club they are a 2 bob outfit with a ground and pitch that would be more fitting in the lower leagues.

Chris Powell is better than this.
For all their delusions of being a big club they are a 2 bob outfit with a ground and pitch that would be more fitting in the lower leagues. Chris Powell is better than this. the wall
  • Score: -41

12:09pm Tue 11 Mar 14

SidcupResident says...

Charlton Athletic are now a complete shambles from top to bottom! All the hard work that went into putting in to putting in a sustainable infrastructure during the clubs premiership years has all gone to waste.
With the new owner confirming he attends to strip all the clubs key assets to support his other club Standard Liege, Charlton are doomed to follow the same path as Portsmouth, who's former owner also had a 'the club's just a cash cow' ethos.

I've boycotted the club for the last couple of years as a consequence, of the financial mishandlings there as well as the poor quality of football that has resulted from that.

I've been following Welling United instead. Firstly I couldn't bring myself to support a rival league club, and secondly Welling are a CIC (Community Interest Company), whereby all the profits are reinvested back into community activities or for the interests of the community. As opposed to paying extortionate ticket prices (see Charlton's new season ticket prices) and all the profits going into some FatCats back pocket.
Also Welling's standard of football has been alot better than Charlton's, and they're alot cheaper. For example, kids get to go free!

Unless there are some drastic changes, I can't see myself heading back to The Valley anytime soon. Alas, I fear the 'Little Old Charlton' I remember is long dead and buried....
Charlton Athletic are now a complete shambles from top to bottom! All the hard work that went into putting in to putting in a sustainable infrastructure during the clubs premiership years has all gone to waste. With the new owner confirming he attends to strip all the clubs key assets to support his other club Standard Liege, Charlton are doomed to follow the same path as Portsmouth, who's former owner also had a 'the club's just a cash cow' ethos. I've boycotted the club for the last couple of years as a consequence, of the financial mishandlings there as well as the poor quality of football that has resulted from that. I've been following Welling United instead. Firstly I couldn't bring myself to support a rival league club, and secondly Welling are a CIC (Community Interest Company), whereby all the profits are reinvested back into community activities or for the interests of the community. As opposed to paying extortionate ticket prices (see Charlton's new season ticket prices) and all the profits going into some FatCats back pocket. Also Welling's standard of football has been alot better than Charlton's, and they're alot cheaper. For example, kids get to go free! Unless there are some drastic changes, I can't see myself heading back to The Valley anytime soon. Alas, I fear the 'Little Old Charlton' I remember is long dead and buried.... SidcupResident
  • Score: 23

12:25pm Tue 11 Mar 14

tellmethisdoesn'twork says...

My fears are coming true.
Could see what the owner was doing within the first 24 hrs of taking over.
Mr. Murray...what is happening to the club you said you love?
How can you say the future is in the best hands?
I think Roland what-his-name will find how passionate Charlton Supporters are over the remaining weeks of the season!!

Yet another foreign manager in the english game...no wonder the national side can't perform on the international stage if this country insists on letting the continent run rule of it!

Thank you Chris for your time as a player and as a manager. I hope you're not in the wilderness too long. Never forget the good times at Charlton.
My fears are coming true. Could see what the owner was doing within the first 24 hrs of taking over. Mr. Murray...what is happening to the club you said you love? How can you say the future is in the best hands? I think Roland what-his-name will find how passionate Charlton Supporters are over the remaining weeks of the season!! Yet another foreign manager in the english game...no wonder the national side can't perform on the international stage if this country insists on letting the continent run rule of it! Thank you Chris for your time as a player and as a manager. I hope you're not in the wilderness too long. Never forget the good times at Charlton. tellmethisdoesn'twork
  • Score: 16

12:47pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Frank Brock says...

The Charlton that we all knew and supported for the last 50 years has now gone. The club that used to a joy to support because it did thing the correct way, with respect for the clubs finances and respect for the clubs employees, has now been replaced by, what the Belgian himself inferred in his recent press conference, a feeder club for Standard Liege. Any supporter with any integrity will now vote with their feet to show this man that we want our club back.
The Charlton that we all knew and supported for the last 50 years has now gone. The club that used to a joy to support because it did thing the correct way, with respect for the clubs finances and respect for the clubs employees, has now been replaced by, what the Belgian himself inferred in his recent press conference, a feeder club for Standard Liege. Any supporter with any integrity will now vote with their feet to show this man that we want our club back. Frank Brock
  • Score: 16

1:17pm Tue 11 Mar 14

PaulErith says...

Obvious from day one that the new owner wanted his own man in as manager. He's forced a number of loan signings on Powell. I don't blame Powell for disagreeing with this. He was effectively no longer choosing what players he wanted or what team to pick. Shame as he's a top man, but his status and legacy at the club will not be affected by this. He'll remain a club legend.
Obvious from day one that the new owner wanted his own man in as manager. He's forced a number of loan signings on Powell. I don't blame Powell for disagreeing with this. He was effectively no longer choosing what players he wanted or what team to pick. Shame as he's a top man, but his status and legacy at the club will not be affected by this. He'll remain a club legend. PaulErith
  • Score: 15

1:25pm Tue 11 Mar 14

angryof sidcup says...

is the new owner a relative of a certain Family who owned the club in the sixties and seventies ?
he seems to have the same motives ! take, take and take some more.
give nothing back to the club or fans. Do nothing to the ground, get rid of
decent mangers and ensure that only second rate players are signed. Avoid
any kind of success or higher wages will have to be paid.
is the new owner a relative of a certain Family who owned the club in the sixties and seventies ? he seems to have the same motives ! take, take and take some more. give nothing back to the club or fans. Do nothing to the ground, get rid of decent mangers and ensure that only second rate players are signed. Avoid any kind of success or higher wages will have to be paid. angryof sidcup
  • Score: 13

5:11pm Tue 11 Mar 14

apgreen says...

I recall reading Standard fan saying the same when Roland took over.
and now I they love him

We need to give this guy time and re-evaluate at the end of next season. Our league form was poor before Roland took us over and as a result should not be held totally to blaim

There has a been a distinct lack of ideas when going forward and a reluctance to change tatics and personel. Appointing a new manager will give us some insight as to who picks the side, especially if Jose Riga picks the same eleven

Lets just hold back before we unleash hell on Roland

Having said that the club does need to explain where the money from Darren Bent, Scott Parker and the parachute paymentd went as well as how we went from an established Premier League club to yoyo club in League One
I recall reading Standard fan saying the same when Roland took over. and now I they love him We need to give this guy time and re-evaluate at the end of next season. Our league form was poor before Roland took us over and as a result should not be held totally to blaim There has a been a distinct lack of ideas when going forward and a reluctance to change tatics and personel. Appointing a new manager will give us some insight as to who picks the side, especially if Jose Riga picks the same eleven Lets just hold back before we unleash hell on Roland Having said that the club does need to explain where the money from Darren Bent, Scott Parker and the parachute paymentd went as well as how we went from an established Premier League club to yoyo club in League One apgreen
  • Score: 2

5:27pm Tue 11 Mar 14

apgreen says...

I apologize for the typos in my previous post, the results of using a smart phone. Basically fans rioted when Roland took over Standard and sold most of there best players and now they love him because Standard are top of the league. Lets just give him time. Football is a results business and for whatever reson Chris Powell was not delivering. The poor football was being played long before the previous regime sold up to Roland
I apologize for the typos in my previous post, the results of using a smart phone. Basically fans rioted when Roland took over Standard and sold most of there best players and now they love him because Standard are top of the league. Lets just give him time. Football is a results business and for whatever reson Chris Powell was not delivering. The poor football was being played long before the previous regime sold up to Roland apgreen
  • Score: 8

6:58pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Bestbaz says...

Chris Powell was passionate for CAFC.a legend. These days the owner of a club seems to dictate the manager. Since Roland "Rat" came on the scene, Chris has to sell three good players, including a good backup keeper for Hamer, then be forced to play that useless goal keeper from Standard Liege Thuram-Ulien. Look at the results when he played, he let in stupid goals and CAFC lost the game Riga has no experience of the English game. And with hi being appointed less than 24hrs after Chris was shown the door, it seems to be pre mediated by Roland " Rat" Duchatelet . Whats next a change of team colours? change of name?, or just less supporters and a mass exodus in the summer of players
Chris Powell was passionate for CAFC.a legend. These days the owner of a club seems to dictate the manager. Since Roland "Rat" came on the scene, Chris has to sell three good players, including a good backup keeper for Hamer, then be forced to play that useless goal keeper from Standard Liege Thuram-Ulien. Look at the results when he played, he let in stupid goals and CAFC lost the game Riga has no experience of the English game. And with hi being appointed less than 24hrs after Chris was shown the door, it seems to be pre mediated by Roland " Rat" Duchatelet . Whats next a change of team colours? change of name?, or just less supporters and a mass exodus in the summer of players Bestbaz
  • Score: 9

8:10pm Tue 11 Mar 14

childs447 says...

A sad sad day for Charlton, what on earth has happened. With a relegation battle going on they sack the star of the show. Ok so he hadn't had a good run of results this season but he came out fighting all the same. I am seriously considering not renewing my season ticket next year as £300.00 to watch league one is a hard one to swallow.
A sad sad day for Charlton, what on earth has happened. With a relegation battle going on they sack the star of the show. Ok so he hadn't had a good run of results this season but he came out fighting all the same. I am seriously considering not renewing my season ticket next year as £300.00 to watch league one is a hard one to swallow. childs447
  • Score: 6

10:30pm Tue 11 Mar 14

SidcupResident says...

Following on from my last post Welling United won again tonight. Looks like there might just be one league separating them and Charlton next year...
Following on from my last post Welling United won again tonight. Looks like there might just be one league separating them and Charlton next year... SidcupResident
  • Score: 4

9:53am Wed 12 Mar 14

tellmethisdoesn'twork says...

Like childs447, I too am thinking hard about renewing my season tkt. price for my seat hasn't gone up but I wish to see a Charlton Side who are proud to wear the shirt and contribute to its history, be led by a manager who had the club plastered all over him and proud to be its manager and a Board who understood what is was to be Charlton.

Unfortunately I can't be at the Huddersfield game tonight due to a previous engagement but I anticipate the following:
1- VERY POOR ATTENDANCE
2- VERY VOCAL DISILLUSIONMENT BY THE SUPPORTERS
3- POSSIBLY BOTH
4- A PICKET AT THE ENTRANCES TO THE OFFICE.

I have to say I feel sorry in some ways for the new 'Head Coach' (we have Managers in this country Roland, respect that at least) as he's going to have a rough welcome.
Sorry, did I say I feel sorry?... Have taken the truth reality pills now and I obviously made a mistake...should have been 'I have no pity for the new 'Head Coach'.

Come On Mr. Murray - What is happening to our club or are you the next one out the door!!!
Like childs447, I too am thinking hard about renewing my season tkt. price for my seat hasn't gone up but I wish to see a Charlton Side who are proud to wear the shirt and contribute to its history, be led by a manager who had the club plastered all over him and proud to be its manager and a Board who understood what is was to be Charlton. Unfortunately I can't be at the Huddersfield game tonight due to a previous engagement but I anticipate the following: 1- VERY POOR ATTENDANCE 2- VERY VOCAL DISILLUSIONMENT BY THE SUPPORTERS 3- POSSIBLY BOTH 4- A PICKET AT THE ENTRANCES TO THE OFFICE. I have to say I feel sorry in some ways for the new 'Head Coach' (we have Managers in this country Roland, respect that at least) as he's going to have a rough welcome. Sorry, did I say I feel sorry?... Have taken the truth reality pills now and I obviously made a mistake...should have been 'I have no pity for the new 'Head Coach'. Come On Mr. Murray - What is happening to our club or are you the next one out the door!!! tellmethisdoesn'twork
  • Score: 6

10:00am Wed 12 Mar 14

tellmethisdoesn'twork says...

Thinking about my last contribution and both childs447 and my consideration about renewing my season tkt, I suggest that all supporters refrain from renewing until the last minute (if you feel you have to back down and support the foreign invasion of our club).

What's the opinion of everyone else?
Thinking about my last contribution and both childs447 and my consideration about renewing my season tkt, I suggest that all supporters refrain from renewing until the last minute (if you feel you have to back down and support the foreign invasion of our club). What's the opinion of everyone else? tellmethisdoesn'twork
  • Score: 9

10:42am Wed 12 Mar 14

ความจริง says...

Haddocks for relegation I say.
Haddocks for relegation I say. ความจริง
  • Score: -25

5:44pm Thu 13 Mar 14

cookster says...

I do remember Southampton fans feeling similarly aggrieved when Nigel Adkins was sacked for some "unknown foreigner".

Without trying to accuse any football fan of fickleness, just wait and see where this leads you - sometimes to make an omelette etc...
I do remember Southampton fans feeling similarly aggrieved when Nigel Adkins was sacked for some "unknown foreigner". Without trying to accuse any football fan of fickleness, just wait and see where this leads you - sometimes to make an omelette etc... cookster
  • Score: 2

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