Charlton legend Chris Powell has been sacked as Huddersfield Town manager .
Powell was appointed boss of the Terriers shortly after he left Charlton in 2014, but has ultimately paid the price for Town’s poor start to the season, winning only three matches.
The news comes after the team battled to a 2-2 draw at Reading, when a statement was posted on the club website at 10.40am on Wednesday, November 4.
It said: “Chris Powell has today left his role as manager of Huddersfield Town with immediate effect after his contract was ended by the club.”
This will undoubtedly raise questions over whether he intends to return to Charlton Athletic as manager with the club struggling to escape the relegation positions. The Addicks lost 1-0 to MK Dons on Tuesday - the 12th game of a winless streak and the second defeat of Karel Fraeye’s interim reign.
Huddersfield Town chief executive Nigel Clibbens said: “We have decided to make this change after very careful deliberation. It is made with the long term interests of the club in mind. It signals a change of direction by the club and a new approach.”
“With his skills and qualities as a person, it won’t be too long before Chris finds a new challenge and we wish him success when that comes.”
Could that new challenge come at Charlton Athletic? The Addicks are in dire need of a permanent boss to steady the ship. Fraeye has yet to see his team score a goal in his first two games in charge and they have not scored for more than seven hours.
After playing more that 200 matches for Charlton, and getting a surprise England call-up in his 30s, Powell returned to Charlton as manager in 2011.
He won the League One championship at a canter in his first season in charge at the club, and steered the side to Championship stability in the subsequent season. But Powell left the club after a poor run of form saw them bottom of the table in March 2014.
There was mixed reaction from Charlton fans on Twitter to Powell’s departure: