Sheffield United v Charlton Athletic: ‘Football issues’ preventing Chris Powell signing deal

 

Chris Powell is preparing for the biggest game of his managerial career, as Charlton Athletic travel to Sheffield United for their FA Cup quarter-final, but with his new contract at The Valley still unsigned.

Powell is out of contract at the end of the season and talks over a new deal are stuck on the issue of how much input Powell would have into transfers. “Financially it took two minutes to agree, because I haven’t asked for any more or anything like that,” Powell said. “It is just the football side we haven’t agreed on. There are a couple of areas, about players and recruitment. It is more a case of how we are going to do this in the future. It is not financial, because that is not important to me. What is important to me is the future of Charlton Athletic.”

Powell is an avowed FA Cup romantic and having lost in two quarter-finals as a player he would love a chance to reach a semi-final.

So is the new owner Roland Duchatelet an FA Cup romantic, too? “I think you would have to ask him,” Powell said. “I wouldn’t know at all. I hope he is.”

If they can win at Bramall Lane, Charlton will be back at Wembley for the first time since their epic 4-4 play-off final and penalty shoot-out win over Sunderland in 1998.

“It’s a competition I always feel is one we traditionally don’t do well in,” added Powell. “It’s a bit of a standing joke, Charlton and the cups, but we have turned that around somewhat, which is pleasing.

“It’s certainly captured the imagination of our supporters, which is the No 1 priority for me. Of course, we still have a big game to negotiate but I’m determined to get us to the new Wembley as we haven’t been there yet. We were at the old one in 1998 and everyone knows what happened for us that year, so it would be wonderful to get to Wembley again and have 30,000 fans there.”

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