Championship side Huddersfield Town had been looking for a new manager following the departure of Mark Robins. It seems they have found the right choice.
On Wednesday, the club took to Twitter to announce the hiring of former England defender Chris Powell:
Huddersfield Town @htafcdotcom
BREAKING: #htafc is delighted to announce that Chris Powell is the Club's new Manager; full info to follow (DN) http://t.co/LjTkeMdUpq9/3/2014, 2:57:10 PM
The club released a statement on its website, and chairman Dean Hoyle explained why the Terriers chose Powell:
As I said when the process began, I felt it was important that we found a Manager who had ‘done it’ and Chris certainly fits that bill. He has ‘done it’ by guiding Charlton to promotion to the Championship and then finishing ninth in the 2012/13 Championship season – all achieved on a limited budget by getting the best out of his players.
Chris also has an excellent pedigree of developing young players, with the likes of Carl Jenkinson, Diego Poyet, Callum Harriott and Jordan Cousins emerging in Charlton’s First Team under his guidance. That is an important factor in our vision for the Club.
West Ham United's Diego Poyet was one of many to express his congratulations:
Diego Poyet @diegopoyet7
Very happy to see Chris Powell given the job at Huddersfield, I wish him all the best. I'm sure he will succeed and do very well there 👍9/3/2014, 3:09:29 PM
Powell is one of the most well-liked figures in English football, a sentiment the South London Press' Richard Cawley illustrated with this comment:
Richard Cawley @RichCawleySLP
Huddersfield are now a team I want to see do well. We'll call it the Powell Factor.9/3/2014, 3:09:19 PM
Alex Dyer will join Powell in an assistant manager role at Huddersfield, who sit one spot above the relegation zone after five matches in the English Championship.
The Terriers face a difficult fight to survive the season in the second tier of English football, narrowly avoiding relegation last season after earning promotion to the Championship in 2012-13.
The 44-year-old Powell becomes the only black manager in any of England's top four divisions, and thanks to the international break, he will have more than a week to prepare for the team's next match, a home fixture against Middlesbrough.