EX-CHARLTON trainee Danny Shittu insists his friendship with Chris Powell will be put on hold when he captains Millwall against the team managed by his boyhood idol.
Shittu has revealed in the build up to the South London derby against the Addicks on Saturday that Powell has been a role model to him ever since he came through the youth ranks at The Valley.
Powell made 200 appearances for Charlton as a player and Shittu, who started his career in the academy in SE7, says the one-time England international is someone he has always admired.
"He was one of the players that helped bring me into the game," he said. "I learned from him and I looked up to him. I was only 16 at the time and Powelly was a regular in the first buyambienmed.com team.
"He was a defender and a person that I really, really respected and I still do to this date. We're really good friends and I'm looking forward to playing against his team."
Powell, who took over at Charlton in January 2011, guided the Addicks to the League One title in his first full season in charge and Shittu says the 43-year-old was always destined for management.
"He was so knowledgable about the game," he said. "You could tell that he would be a great gaffer and I aspire to be like him to be honest.
"He's so widely respected – not just by other managers, but by players as well. But on Saturday that all goes out the window and I'll be looking to help the team get three points."