Pardew hails exiting Powell

05 May 2008 02:57
Charlton Athletic boss Alan Pardew paid tribute to veteran left-back Chris Powell, who marked his final appearance for the Addicks with a goal in the 4-1 thrashing of Coventry City. The 38-year-old has spent three spells with the Addicks during his career, but will be allowed to move on this summer, with Pardew unable to offer Powell a coaching role at The Valley. He told the club's official website: "The reason he's had that cameo appearance is because, in all honestly, I can't afford to keep him on. "I'd love to keep him in a coaching capacity, but I haven't really got any funds for that. "So this is a new start for Chris, he might have another year playing. I think he'll bring something to any team, but coaching is where his future lies. "If I was a manager further down the leagues and looking for a coach who could double up as a player then he would be the first on my list. "I'd just like to praise him and say that he has been absolutely brilliant for this club."

Source: ESA