STEVE Lomas admits he is not surprised that former West Ham teammate Chris Powell has proven to be a successful manager at Charlton.
Speaking ahead of Saturday's South London derby at The Valley, Lomas has paid tribute to opposite number Powell, who he spent two years with at Upton Park.
Lomas said: "When I played with Powelly, he was a model professional, a super guy and a very good player. He's had to change things around at Charlton since his first season in charge, but he's done a good job and I'd expect nothing less because he's very studious.
"He's got great passion and you don't play until the age he did without absolutely loving the game, and I'm sure that comes across to his players. It's not a surprise he's doing well."
Powell is in his fourth season as Addicks manager.