Chris Powell was born in Lambeth, England on 8th, September 1969.
After leaving High School in 1985, he began his career with Epsom & Ewell, playing in the youth set up for one season.
He began his professional career in December 1987 as a trainee with Crystal Palace, playing alongside Ian Wright, but after three years with the club he failed to break into the starting line-up and searched for a move away from the Eagles.
This move brought him to Southend United, where Powell became an instant hit with Blues fans.
Powell enjoyed a really successful six years at Blues, notching up 290 appearances as well as earning the Supporters’ Player of the Year award for the 1993/94 season.
After departing, he made moves to Derby, Charlton, West Ham, Watford and Leicester to name a few as well as representing England on five occasions during the 2001/02 season and serving as Chairman at the PFA for five years.
In 2010 Powell retired, taking a coaching role within Leicester, eventually going onto manage the Foxes for one game as caretaker manager, following Paulo Sousa’s sacking.
On 14th January 2011 Powell was named as Charlton manager, being a former player, he was welcomed by the fans and took charge of his first game on 22nd January, beating Plymouth 2-0.
Powell went onto win his opening four games as manager and guided them to a 13th place finish in his first season.
In the summer of 2011, he signed 19 new players as he mounted a promotion challenge. The second half of the season proved to be vital in Charlton’s push as they went on a run of form in 2012, losing just three of the final 23 games, earning promotion to the Championship as League One champions.
In 2014 Powell was named as Huddersfield Town manager and spent just over a year with the Terriers before departing.
His most recent spell before becoming Blues manager was when he became assistant manager at Derby County alongside Nigel Pearson, who managed him at Leicester.
In September he was named as caretaker manager after Pearson was suspended by Derby’s Chairman, in October 2016, Powell reverted to his original role of assistant manager with the reappointment of Steve McClaren.
Powell also represented Southend United, Derby County, West Ham United, Watford and Leicester City amongst others during his playing days.
He is a graduate of the LMA's Certificate of Applied Management at Warwick University.
Source: Southend United FC