Chris Powell: Charlton Athletic boss unsure on future

Chris Powell

Charlton Athletic boss Chris Powell has admitted his future is uncertain with a potential takeover in the offing.

The Addicks confirmed last week that Belgian businessman Roland Duchatelet is in negotiations to buy the club.

Powell's current deal expires this summer, but the 44-year-old told BBC London 94.9: "I like managing and I want to manage here.

"Of course we've got to see what the future brings and whether this takeover happens. Then we'll go from there."

He continued: "I have a love and a passion for this club and that can never be in doubt. I love managing the club. What will be will be with regards to that."

Powell, who made 270 appearances for Charlton during three spells as a player, took charge of the club in January 2011 and is currently the longest-serving manager at a Championship club.

He guided the south east London club to the League One title in 2012 and then took the Addicks to a ninth-place finish last season.

However, he has to work within a tight budget and Charlton are currently 19th, three points above the relegation zone.

A number of first team players are also out of contract at the end of the season and Powell says that has added to the uncertainty at The Valley.

"I want my squad settled. I really felt our League One campaign got the club just where I wanted it," he said.

"Last year, even though it was a bit up and down, I managed to have players on the bench who could make a change. It felt we were growing as a club on and off the field.

"It has been tough this year and I won't hide away from that, but we have kept going.

"I want my players sorted and then it gives me a squad which is happier and buoyant. Then whatever happens with me happens."

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