Populist? Almost certainly. Cheap? Compared to a manager with experience; of course. The right choice? Hmmm - really not sure about that at all. Every manager has to start somewhere of course, and you can rightly point at Curbishley from our not too distant past, but remember it took him two years to come up with a team capable of challenging. Will our current owners afford Powell that luxury? I somehow doubt it.
I do wonder who his number two will be though. That is an appointment of some significance now, given Powell's lack of experience. After the initial euphoria has washed away, and the business of gaining promotion takes priority over the feel good factor, a strong number two to help guide Powell will be crucial in determining our fate this season. Below, I give you what I consider to be an excellent posting on Powell's appointment by New York Addick.
This pretty much says it all for me really. http://newyorkaddick.blogspot.com/2011/01/asylum-seekers.html