Chris Powell: Charlton boss deserves new contract, says Andy Hughes

Last Updated: 20/01/14 2:07pm

Andy Hughes has urged Charlton owner Roland Duchatelet to hand Addicks boss Chris Powell a new contract and let him lead the club into a bright new era.

Belgian businessman Duchatelet seized control of the Londoners in early January and has already overseen the loan arrivals of Standard Liege duo Astrit Ajdarevic (midfielder) and Yohann Thuram-Ulien (goalkeeper).

However, Powell's deal - and those of many of the Reds' first-team squad - expires at the end of the current campaign and Charlton midfielder Hughes hopes the 44-year-old inks an agreement to stay in the capital.

The former left-back has instigated a promotion from League One and a ninth-placed finish in the Championship since taking over at The Valley in January 2011.

"Chris should give Charlton stability during a very exciting time for the club."

Andy Hughes

And Hughes reckons he can continue to impress in SE7 - provided he is given funds to further bolster his playing staff.

"We are not in the best position in the league and have had the same squad for three years," the ex-Leeds man said of Charlton, who sit three points clear of the drop zone, on FL72-Preview.

"So we need some help and some fresh players who will help us push on and get to the next level and I think Chris and the owner have spoken about that.

"Chris, though, has been top-drawer since he took over as manager - he came back to a club where he was a legend as a player and it's not easy to manage in those circumstances - and I hope the owner looks after him as well.

"Chris should give the club stability during a very exciting time."

Quality

Hughes joined Charlton from Scunthorpe two-and-a-half years ago and noted how impressed he has been with the Iron since Russ Wilcox became manager at Glanford Park in December.

The Lincolnshire club have ascended to the top of League Two under Wilcox's stewardship - they were ninth before he grabbed the reins - and boast a strikeforce containing Paul Hayes, Deon Burton, Paddy Madden and 13-goal Sam Winnall.

"Russ has played for the club, worked under Brian Laws for a long time and took over a pretty promising dressing room, but he has put his stamp on it and added a bit of quality," said Hughes

"A change of manager often freshen things up and keeps players on their toes and it is working for Scunthorpe, which appears to be a great home for Winnall, who is banging in the goals.

"He has been around the clubs on loan but, like Hayes, feel wanted at Scunthorpe and has clicked, while he has now been joined by [ex-Yeovil man] Madden, who guarantees you goals at this level."

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