New Huddersfield Town manager Chris Powell speaks: I want to make the fans, and the town proud

The former Charlton Athletic chief, who is 45 next Monday, has agreed a rolling contract to succeed Mark Robins at the John Smith's Stadium

 

Chris Powell took the Huddersfield Town managerial reins and said: "I want to make the fans, and the town proud."

The former Charlton Athletic chief, who is 45 next Monday, has agreed a rolling contract to succeed Mark Robins at the John Smith's Stadium.

A four-time winner of promotion to the Premier League as a player, the former England international left-back says he dreams of a repeat as a manager.

But with Town fourth-bottom of the table, Powell accepts the immediate aim is to steer his new charges away from the foot.

"Mark Lillis has done a great job in the interim," said Powell, who was consulted on the deadline-day signing of Cardiff Cit centre-back Mark Hudson.

"There are some very good players here, some experienced, some bright youngsters, and my first task is to make sure we are competitive in what is a very tough league.

"As soon as I met the owner I was impressed with his vision for this club, and I'm honoured to be the chosen man.

"I want my players to be proud of each other, and be ready to make the supporters and the town proud as well.

"As a manager, you are always working to make improvements in all areas, and if I can get the players to over-achieve, all the better.

"Yes, it's been a difficult start to the season, and we are fourth-bottom, but there have only been five games, and there's a long way to go."

Powell, who has helped out coaching England Under 17s and completed his UEFA Pro Licence since leaving Charlton last March, will take his first Town training session tomorrow morning.

He has two home games to start off, against Middlesbrough a week on Saturday and Wigan Athletic the Tuesday after, and smiled: "I'm looking forward to getting my first win.

 
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