Sunday 18 August 2019

Powell's fear for 'brilliant' Lee

In an interview in today's Football League Paper Chris Powell praises the job done by Lee Bowyer but reckons he now faces his toughest test.

The report notes that Powell knows how hard it can be to keep tensions at bay under Roland's ownership. 'His time at the club was brought to an end after disagreements with the controversial Belgian.'

Powell said, 'Lee has been brilliant. Short-term it's about dealing with the Championship and ownership and then in the medium to long-term I think it's about looking ahead and building with someone new involved. The sale to Duchatelet hasn't worked out. It was a decision that was made and teams who are exceptional at The Valley have stuck by the team but it's quite clear they don't want anything to do with the ownership.'

'They're going to find it really tough in the Championship. Their budget is nowhere near most of the clubs in the division. I'm sure the ownership issue will eventually be dealt with, it's not good for anyone involved with the club.'

Powell's managerial ambitions are by no means extinguished according to the report, but he is doing some media work for now. However, he says, 'The desire is always there to manage.'

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