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Chris Powell


Chris Powell was named Southend United manager in January 2018, returning to Blues where he spent time at as a player.

Powell made 290 appearances for Southend during a six-year stint at Roots Hall in his playing career which saw him become an England international.

The 48-year-old would go onto play for Derby County, Charlton Athletic, West Ham United, Watford and Leicester City.

Towards the end of his playing career, Powell served as Chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association for five years from 2005 until his retirement as a player in 2010.

Powell’s career in management began in January 2011 back at The Valley with Charlton. In his first full season in charge in 2011/12 he masterminded the Addicks to the League One title and his achievement with Charlton saw him pick up the LMA League One Manager of the Year award.

The following season Powell led Charlton to a ninth-place finish in what was the club’s first season back in the Championship since 2008/09.

His next job came at Championship side Huddersfield Town in September 2014 where he steered the Terriers to safety before going onto take the reins at Derby County in September 2016 on a temporary basis.

Powell returned to Blues in January as boss and made a great start to life in charge, securing three wins in his first three games.

He steered the club to safety and a respectable 10th place finish at the end of the 2017/18 season, as Blues doubled their points tally under Powell in 18 games in charge.