Chris Powell denies that new Charlton owner Roland Duchatelet has agreed to sell two of the club's best players without speaking to him first, reports Bloomberg. Charlton have sold Dale Stephens to Brighton and accepted a bid from Bournemouth for Yann Kermorgant, who is expected to leave before tonight's transfer deadline. Powell is unhappy about losing the influential pair but can understand Duchatelet's decision to cash in, with both players having six months left on their contracts.
The manager insists he was consulted on both deals and dismisses reports that his relationship with Duchatelet has reached breaking point. There have been suggestions that Duchatelet, who bought Charlton less than a month ago, is already contemplating a managerial change but Powell hopes to sign a new contract soon. On the decision to sell Kermorgant and Stephens, Powell said: "I am aware of what is going on, absolutely. There is no problem there. Let's make this clear, I have always known we are vulnerable when players have got six months remaining on their deals. Yann and Dale are two very good players. I would prefer them to be here but there are decisions to make and they are being made.
"Football is a business and people do not want to lose money. We have new owners and they have ideas of how to run football clubs and financially what to do. We are all in the loop, every day there are exchanges of texts, emails and phone calls. I speak with Roland on a regular basis about ideas, strategy and what is right for the club."
Powell said: "It would be silly for us not to use the [Duchatelet] network because there are a number of talented players out there. Why not use that to our advantage? We have got a lot of games coming up so bringing in these players means we are going to be able to put some fresh legs in and keep the players up to a good standard. They will have to get used to what the Championship is about. We are under pressure like all the teams down there and we need to start picking up points.
"I've always wanted to improve the squad and the new boys are talented. I want the fans to know that we are trying to improve the squad to get the results that we want for them. Things are tough for the side at the moment and we want them to be behind us all the way."