12 Mar 2014

Struggling Charlton sack manager Powell

5:48 am on 12 March 2014

Struggling second tier English football club Charlton Athletic have sacked manager Chris Powell following their FA Cup quarter-final defeat by Sheffield United.

44-year-old Powell made more than 200 appearances for Charlton as a player and was appointed manager in 2011.

His sacking means Norwich City's Chris Hughton is now the only black manager working in England's top four divisions.

Charlton are four points adrift of safety at the foot of the Championship table.

The club's Belgian owner Roland Duchatelet blamed a breakdown in contract talks for Powell's departure.