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Charlton Athletic manager Chris Powell excited after Belgian businessman buys the Championship club

08 January 2014
Charlton boss Chris Powell

Charlton boss Chris Powell

Chris Powell has spoken of his excitement following Charlton’s takeover by a Belgian businessman.
The Addicks boss has met new owner Roland Duchatelet for the first time, having enjoyed regular contact via phone and email.
Powell is looking forward to working with the entrepreneur who also owns Belgian club Standard Liege.
He said: “I met with him personally last week and he has a vision and a plan for the football club and I like what I’ve heard.
“He’s immersed in football in Belgium and with other clubs but he wants to make it a success here.
“I think it’s a real positive move for everyone. He’s very respectful of the football club and supporters and he will listen to everyone.”
Charlton have made their first move in the transfer market since Duchatelet’s arrival by signing midfielder Astrit Ajdarevic from Standard Liege on a six-month loan deal.
But Powell insists the club will be sensible when it comes to strengthening the squad.
Speaking to the club's website, Powell added: “I’m sure everyone’s looking at it and thinking it’s going to be about spend, spend, spend but it won’t be that.
“He’s taken everything into consideration – financial fair play, what the club’s doing commercially, what we do with our trust, what we do with our supporters and he’s immersing himself with everything.”
Charlton’s FA Cup third round tie against Oxford was postponed for the second time in five days on Wednesday due to a waterlogged pitch at the Valley. It will now be played on Tuesday.
The Addicks host fellow Championship strugglers Barnsley on Saturday.

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