Chris Powell's triumphant return to the Valley is stirring enormous interest and debate, like nothing we have seen for quite some time. Impressive considering our recent history. The vast majority of it is overwhelmingly positive and supportive although there are dissenting voices even if they want the best and are trying to be positive.
Henry Irving, Charlton Life stalwart and one-time Fan-on-The-Board, has written a very considered piece that I think perfectly captures the dilemma some fans have with the appointment of a man many consider a "legend" yet who looks like a much bigger gamble than our club can afford right now. There is a saying that you should never mix business and pleasure, and yet Chris Powell's appointment feels to me like we may be doing just that.
The calculating and yet equally considered, New York Addick, is sticking his neck out a good bit further than Henry Irving and bravely making the case that the appointment of Sir Chris is a huge mistake. That doesn't make him any less of a fan of Chris Powell the former Charlton player or Powell, the all-round good guy but he is railing against the mass failure to look objectively at Powell's appointment.
I have empathy with both of these viewpoints but I am going to be more positive about Powell because I believe he can make a success of his appointment if he given full support for the next 18 months and some decent funding. Automatic promotion is looking unlikely as far as I am concerned and I suspect we might have left ourselves too much to do by the time Powell begins to get to grips with things and has made at least a couple of changes he needs to begin to shape his team.
I do, however, have a nagging doubt about Jimenez and Slater. They are beginning to look like they might just be in this because they believe they have mercurial business skills that can make this club a success without the sort of funding that assures it. Prove me wrong please by giving Powelly the money he needs to re-ignite our promotion push.