Where is Chris Powell now?
After making over 750 career appearances over a 23-year period, Chris Powell finally hung up his boots in 2010 after playing for Leicester City in a player-coach role.
Staying on at the King Power Stadium as a full-time coach, he stepped up to caretaker manager for one game before leaving to join former team Charlton Athletic as their new manager in 2011.
A first season of transition preceded promotion for Powell when he guided his side back to the Championship as champions of League One in 2012.
The Addicks had mixed success in their first season back in the Championship finishing in 9th place but just three points off of a play-off place.
Unfortunately after a string of poor results at the start of 2014, Powell was sacked by the club’s new owner in the March of that year after reports suggested that there were differences of opinion in the club’s transfer policy.
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In September 2014 Powell was back in football when he was appointed manager of Huddersfield Town. He had completed his UEFA Pro License the month before his appointment.
After a terrible start to the 2015-16 campaign with his team having won only 3 out of 15 games, he was relieved of his managerial duties by the board in November 2015.
Powell was back in football in May 2016 when he was appointed as assistant manager to Nigel Pearson at his former club Derby County.
When Pearson was sacked in October 2016, Steve McClaren took over the managerial hot seat but kept Powell on as his assistant manager.
Unfortunately after a spell of bad form on the pitch both McClaren and Powell were sacked from the club in March 2017.
He then joined Tottenham Hotspur in December 2017 on an ad-hoc basis before joining former side Southend United as manager just two months later.
After a decent start in the league, Powell’s side struggled over the winter period and he was sacked in March 2019 after going 11 games without a win.
However, where one door shuts another one opens and just six months later he joined the England national team as part of Gareth Southgate’s coaching staff.
The move is part of a Football Association programme designed to “solve the challenge of under-representation” of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) coaches.
Powell is one of a number of ex-professionals who sit on the FA’s retrospective diving panel which review suspected cases of what is being called ‘successful deception of a match official’.
He was also PFA chairman for four years from 2005 until he retired from playing and is widely regarded as one of the nicest men in football.
Chris Powell: Premier League Statistics
|Premier League Teams Played for||Charlton Athletic, Derby County, Watford|
Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com