Reports are circulating today that Chris Powell is to be offered a new contract as Charlton manager. Certainly it has been the stated intention of the owners last month to retain his services, although no action was taken on a contract last year: Powell
Given that it is a little surprising that the chairman's message in the Bristol City programme, while expressing pleasure with the club's progress, did not specifically mention Powell's contribution, but perhaps he thought it could be taken as read. For that matter, Powell did not refer to the owners in his message of thanks.
There are some areas of uncertainty, however. The club's losses and debts mean that there cannot be a big budget to bring in players. Indeed, it may be necessary to sell to fund acquisitions. Rumours have been circulating today that Fulham are interested in Chris Solly and might be prepared to pay as much as £4m. I must emphasise that I cannot find any corroboration of this and it may simply be the first of a number of summer rumours which turn out to 'be all sound and fury, signifying nothing.' Even so, our player of the year is our most saleable asset.