POWELL SET FOR TILT AT TOP TABLE
CHARLTON manager Chris Powell is targeting a return to the Premier League after finally ensuring safety in the Championship.
Last season’s League One champions went ninth after Tuesday’s 0-0 draw against champions Cardiff and the Addicks boss can now afford to look ahead to a bright future for the club. “It’s been many years since we were last in the top flight,” he told The Football League Paper. “We’ve certainly been hurt the last few years and now we are taking that road to get back there.
“Whether it takes a year or three, that is our aim and we have to do our best to get this club in the right shape so that when it happens we'll be ready for it.
“This year has been a step forward and once the summer comes I'll look to improve again – that’s all you can do as a manager. It’s vital to recruit the right players to push your team on.
Powell added: “Everyone wants to be at that top table – we are under pressure to do it. Some clubs are under more pressure than others because of the investment that’s been made.We haven’t done that much but we’ve put the club on an even keel.”
Powell has seen no fewer than 12 managers sacked in the division since last August – and it has ensured the 43-year-old always remains alert to complacency.
“I've done two and a bit years here so I must be doing okay,” he added.“But we know the pitfalls; we go into the job with our eyes open.We live and die by results.
“We know the people upstairs can get upset and sometimes jump the gun. But you need keep calm and focus on what you’re looking to achieve.
“I want to remain as long as I can in this job because this club suits me and they let me manage. The supporters do too.
“I’ve got a good working relationship with our owners, but your working relationship with your staff and players is even more important. If you want them to play for you, you have to put them in an environment in which they can flourish.
“You have to talk regularly (to owners) about how you can improve. If we can’t, no problem, just tell me and I’ll manage to the with what I've got.
“But I will never promise fans we’re going to go out and spend millions if we haven’t got it. That's lies – and I’m not here to lie.”