Chris Powell

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Chris Powell
Powell at Charlton Athletic in 2008
Personal information
Full nameChristopher George Robin Powell [1]
Date of birth (1969-09-08) 8 September 1969 (age 51)
Place of birth Lambeth, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) [2]
Position(s) Left back
Club information
Current team
Tottenham Hotspur (assistant manager)
Youth career
1985–1986 Epsom & Ewell
1986–1987 Crystal Palace
Senior career*
1987–1990 Crystal Palace 3 (0)
1990Aldershot (loan) 11 (0)
1990–1996 Southend United 248 (3)
1996–1998 Derby County 91 (1)
1998–2004 Charlton Athletic 200 (1)
2004West Ham United (loan) 13 (0)
2004–2005 West Ham United 23 (0)
2005–2006 Charlton Athletic 27 (0)
2006–2007 Watford 15 (0)
2007–2008 Charlton Athletic 17 (1)
2008–2010 Leicester City 19 (0)
National team
2001–2002 England 5 (0)
Teams managed
2010 Leicester City (caretaker)
2011–2014 Charlton Athletic
2014–2015 Huddersfield Town
2016 Derby County (caretaker)
2018–2019 Southend United
2019–2020 ADO Den Haag (assistant)
2021– Tottenham Hotspur (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Christopher George Robin Powell (born 8 September 1969) is an English football coach and former player, who is currently the assistant manager at Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and a coach for the England national team. As a left back, Powell played for Southend United, Derby County, Charlton Athletic, West Ham United and Leicester City. He also made five appearances for the England national team.


With Charlton he had three spells as a player over eight seasons and in the 1999–2000 season was part of the squad that won the First Division to be promoted to the Premier League. [3]

After finishing his playing career at Leicester in 2010, Powell became first team coach. He then returned to Charlton Athletic as manager. In the 2011–12 season, Charlton were promoted to the Championship as League One champions in Powell's first full season as a manager. He has also managed Huddersfield Town from 2014 to 2015. He was assistant manager at Derby County from 2016 to 2017, including a spell as caretaker manager. He then managed Southend United from January 2018 to March 2019.

Powell served as chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association from November 2005 until he retired. In October 2009 Powell was named as one of 50 ambassadors for England's 2018 World Cup bid. [4]

Playing career

Early career

After leaving Raynes Park High School, Powell spent the 1985–86 season playing for the Epsom & Ewell youth team alongside a young Matt Elliott. He began his professional career in December 1987 as a trainee at Crystal Palace with Ian Wright but failed to become a regular with the first team. He spent time on loan at Aldershot, where he made 11 appearances.

Southend United

In August 1990, Powell moved on a free transfer to Essex club Southend United. In six years at the club Powell made 288 first-team appearances. In November 2004 a BBC poll of Southend United supporters voted Powell their all-time cult hero. One fan described him as "A very skilled, left-footed defender, who could quite possibly be considered one of the nicest men in football, a true gent." [5]

Derby County

In January 1996 Powell moved to Derby County for a fee of £750,000. He made 99 first-team appearances before being transferred to Charlton Athletic in June 1998 for a fee of £825,000. Powell was a favourite of the Derby fans, and won the Supporters' Player of the Year award for the 1996–97 season. He scored twice during his spell at Derby, with both goals coming in the 1997–98 season: against Everton in the league [6] and Southampton in the FA Cup. [7]

Charlton Athletic

While at Charlton, he made 200 first-team appearances, and evidently caught the eye of Sven-Göran Eriksson, who picked him for the England team in 2001, at the unusually late age of 31. He was the oldest England debutant since Syd Owen in 1954. At Charlton he delighted the crowds after each home victory with his exuberant leaps of celebration. Powell scored twice during his first spell with the Addicks, with both goals coming against Tottenham Hotspur; once in the league [8] and once in the FA Cup. [9]

Shortly after the start of the 2004–05 season, Powell was allowed to move to West Ham United, where he played a major part in their successful promotion campaign. However, during the summer of 2005 he and West Ham were unable to agree terms for a further contract and he returned to Charlton on a one-year contract, with a suggestion that he would develop his coaching skills.

Typically consistent performance belying his years throughout 2005–06 saw Powell regain his place as Charlton's first choice left back, rotated with loanee Jonathan Spector, due to Hermann Hreiðarsson's move to the centre of defence. On 1 July 2006 he signed a one-year contract with Premiership newcomers Watford as Aidy Boothroyd looked to add some experience to his youthful squad. He was released by the club after one year. [10] In July 2007, Powell returned to Charlton for a third spell, primarily as a coach. [11] He made his last appearance for Charlton on 4 May 2008, coming on as substitute for the last five minutes in the final game of the season, against Coventry, and scoring only his third goal for the club to seal a 4–1 victory. [12]

Leicester City

Powell joined League Two side Bournemouth on a trial basis in July 2008. [13] whilst the club looked to see if he could bring much needed experience to their defence. [14] He joined Leicester City on a six-month contract on 23 August 2008. [15] He made his debut against Fulham in Leicester's League Cup second round 3–2 defeat, playing the full 90 minutes. [16]

On 6 December 2008 Powell started his 750th career appearance against former club Southend; Leicester won the game 3–0. [17] He signed a contract extension that would see him stay at the club until the end of the 2008–09 season on 5 January 2009. [18]

In July 2009, Powell signed a contract to be a player-coach at Leicester City, becoming first team development coach, and also re-registering himself as a player. [19] With teammates Bruno Berner out with a calf injury and Ryan McGivern struggling with form, Powell played his first league match on 26 January 2010, in a 1–0 defeat to Barnsley. [20] He retired from playing at the end of the 2009–10 season; his final appearance came on 27 March 2010 against his former club Derby County. [21]

Coaching career

Having served as a player coach under Nigel Pearson, Powell was retained by incoming Leicester manager Paulo Sousa in the summer of 2010. In October, Powell was named caretaker manager with Mike Stowell of the Foxes after Sousa was sacked. Their first, and only, game in charge came against Scunthorpe United; Leicester won the game 3–1. He remained a coach at the club after Sousa's replacement, Sven-Göran Eriksson, was appointed. Eriksson—who selected Powell for his England caps—commented in December 2010 that Powell "will be a very good manager in the future". [22]

In September 2019, Powell was appointed as a coach for the England national football team. [23]

ADO Den Haag

In December 2019, Powell was appointed as assistant coach to Alan Pardew at ADO Den Haag in the Netherlands. [24] Both Pardew and Powell left ADO Den Haag on 28 April 2020 following the premature ending of the 2019–20 Eredivisie due to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. [25]

Tottenham Hotspur

In August 2020, Powell was appointed as head of coaching for the Tottenham Hotspur Academy while continuing his job as a coach with England. [26] On 20 April 2021, Powell was named as an interim assistant head coach at Tottenham alongside Nigel Gibbs, working with interim head coach Ryan Mason. [27]

Managerial career

Charlton Athletic

On 14 January 2011 Powell was appointed manager of Charlton Athletic, [28] who were by now languishing in League One. He signed a three-and-a-half-year contract [29] following the sacking of Phil Parkinson.

His first signing of his managerial career was Bradley Wright-Phillips, who went on to score on his debut on 1 February 2011, against Colchester United. [30] Powell won his opening four games at Charlton, but then went 11 games without a win, falling out of the play-off places and leaving the Addicks in 13th place at the end of the season. [31]

Powell signed 19 new players in summer 2011, including midfielders Danny Green, Danny Hollands, Dale Stephens, defenders Matt Taylor, Rhoys Wiggins and goalkeeper Ben Hamer. Bradley Pritchard was signed from non-league Hayes & Yeading United Football Club and has excelled in midfield, with Yann Kermorgant forming a formidable strike partnership alongside Wright-Phillips. Captain Johnnie Jackson has been a talisman all season despite numerous injuries, and Chris Solly, a product of the youth academy has made the right back berth his own. Clever loan signings were made throughout the season including Hogan Ephraim, Darel Russell, Dany N'Guessan and the return of Lee Cook. Charlton finished strongly into the second half of the 2011–12 season and sealed promotion back to the Championship as champions of League One. [32] Charlton finished the 2012–13 season in 9th place, ending with a 4–1 victory over already relegated Bristol City and three points off a play-off position. [33] [34]

On 11 March 2014, Powell was sacked as manager of Charlton Athletic by owner Roland Duchâtelet; this decision came after a poor run of form with the Addicks sitting at the bottom of the Championship table, [35] although media reports have suggested that it was a reluctance to play players Roland Duchâtelet had brought to the club [36] and differences in transfer policy. [37]

Huddersfield Town

On 3 September 2014, Powell was named the new manager of Huddersfield Town on a rolling contract, following the resignation of Mark Robins after the first game of the season. [38] Ten days later, in his first game in charge at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield lost 1–2 to Middlesbrough: Jon Stead had equalised for Huddersfield with 4 minutes to play but Grant Leadbitter scored the winner with an added-time penalty. [39] In November, Powell took in on loan Diego Poyet, a player whom he had given a professional debut at Charlton. [40] He signed Grant Holt on an emergency loan from Wigan. On 28 December 2014, Holt returned to his parent club after a successful operation on his knee, though it kept him out for nine months. Chris Powell was sacked by Huddersfield Town on 4 November 2015

Derby County

On 27 May 2016, Powell was named the new assistant manager of Derby County alongside new manager Nigel Pearson, who had also managed him at Leicester City. On 27 September, Powell was appointed caretaker manager after Pearson was suspended by Derby chairman Mel Morris. [41] On 12 October 2016, Powell reverted to his previous role of assistant manager upon the reappointment of Steve McClaren as manager. [42] Powell left Derby in March 2017 following the sacking of McClaren. [43]

Southend United

Powell returned to management on 23 January 2018, taking over at Southend United, signing a two-and-a-half-year contract. [44] He is the only permanent Southend United manager to have won his first three matches. [45] After 11 games without a win and with the club in 20th place in the league, on goal difference off the relegation zone, Powell was sacked as manager of Southend United on 26 March 2019. [46]

Managerial statistics

As of 23 March 2019
Leicester City (caretaker) Flag of England.svg 1 October 20103 October 20101100100.00
Charlton Athletic Flag of England.svg 17 January 201111 March 2014161664352040.99
Huddersfield Town Flag of England.svg 3 September 20144 November 201557152022026.32
Derby County (caretaker) Flag of England.svg 27 September 201612 October 20162110050.00
Southend United Flag of England.svg 23 January 201826 March 201966241329036.36

Career statistics

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeague Cup League Cup Other [47] Total
Crystal Palace
Aldershot (loan) 1989–90 Fourth Division 110000000110
Southend United 1990–91 Third Division 451451
1991–92 Second Division 440440
1992–93 First Division422422
1993–94 460460
1994–95 440440
1995–96 270102000300
Derby County 1995–96 First Division 1900000190
1996–97 [48] Premier League 3503010390
1997–98 [49] 3712140432
Charlton Athletic 1998–99 [50] Premier League3801030420
1999–2000 [51] First Division4004000440
2000–01 [52] Premier League3301120361
2001–02 [53] 3612030411
2002–03 [54] 3700000370
2003–04 [55] 1600010170
2004–05 [56] 0000
West Ham United (loan) 2004–05 [56] Championship 130130
West Ham United 2004–05 [56] Championship230300030290
Charlton Athletic 2005–06 [57] Premier League2705020340
Watford 2006–07 [58] Premier League1503000180
Charlton Athletic 2007–08 [59] Championship1710020191
Leicester City 2008–09 [60] League One 170101030220
2009–10 [61] Championship2000200040
Career total66763323502807638


As a player

Charlton Athletic

West Ham United

Leicester City

As a manager

Charlton Athletic

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Preceded by
Dean Holdsworth
Chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association
Succeeded by
Clarke Carlisle