Sheffield Wednesday: Owls opponents target Premier place

Charlton manager Chris Powell with the League One trophy
Charlton manager Chris Powell with the League One trophy

CHARLTON and Wednesday have come a long way since they met on January 15, 2011.

Both were outside the top six in League One, Alan Irvine was the Owls manager, and the Addicks had appointed Powell as their new boss on the day before the game, after the sacking of Phil Parkinson. .

So Powell reached his second anniversary as manager last week, and he hopes that a campaign of consolidation this season can be followed by a challenge for the Premier League.

Charlton convincingly won the League One title last season, finishing eight points clear, and, like Wednesday, have had a tougher time in the Championship.

But after a sticky start they are nestling in 12th place - helped by wins in their last three league games.

Powell, a former Charlton player, hopes that his association with the club can continue for a long time yet.

He says: “I’m always proud to lead Charlton, to be the manager of the club. Any boss will tell you they want longevity in the job so they can build and move forward. I’m no different.

“It’s been a bit of a journey and we’re still on it - there is quite a lot of mileage left in it for me with regards to what I want to do with our club. We’ve all enjoyed what has happened - it has been some turnaround. Everyone has played a part.

“We’ve come into the Championship. which everyone felt was a minimum requirement for our club. But we had to get there.

“I have ambitions long term to bring us back into the Premier League. Why not? Of course it is hard work and can take a while to get there.”

Powell points out, like Dave Jones did, that Norwich and Southampton were the exceptions rather than the rule when they went straight through the Championship into the top flight:

“There are examples of teams going all the way through but that is very rare,” says the Charlton chief.

“You do have to establish yourself and get a squad that can eventually compete for the top six places. That does take money and we’re battling against sides that do have the Premier League parachute money, and the clubs that have rich owners. But I believe we will get there.

“We’ve had some real positives - and they outweigh the negatives. We’ve had te