Charlton: Duchatelet says Powell's contract talks are ongoing

By Rob Virtue on February 20, 2014 4:00 PM |

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Charlton's new owner says he wants current manager Chris Powell to stay at the club.

Roland Duchatelet, speaking at a press conference at the club's ground, said he was in contract talks with the Addicks boss whose current deal runs out in the summer

"We are discussing right now to renew his contract for the coming years," said Duchatelet.

"There's no doubt in my mind that he's a really good coach and I've certainly got a desire to work with Chris."

Former Charlton and England player Powell took over as manager at The Valley from Phil Parkinson in 2011. He lead the team to promotion from League One in his first full season with a record number of points.

The Addicks then finished ninth on their return to the Championship last season.

However, this year they have struggled with rumoured takeovers restricting player purchases and causing uncertainty around the club. They currently sit in the relegation zone.

But speaking to the British press for the first time on Thursday, Duchatelet said while he was impressed with Powell, his legend status at the club meant little to him.

"It's certainly important for the fans but for me it's not the most important," said the Belgian businessman who bought the club from Tony Jimenez and Michael Slater on January 3.

"The most important matter is he's a very good coach."

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