Alex Dyer says it’s great to be back at Huddersfield Town – but this time he wants a promotion push rather than a relegation battle.

As a defender, the 48-year-old featured in the Great Escape second-tier season of 1997-98.

Now he is assistant to new manager Chris Powell – and keen to get down to work.

“I’m excited about the challenge ahead,” said Dyer, who cut his coaching teeth at West Ham United before linking up with Powell at Charlton Athletic.

 

“When Chris got the job here and asked me to come with him, I jumped at the chance. It’s great to be back at Huddersfield, but it’s a different club now.”

Dyer also played for Blackpool, Hull City, Crystal Palace, Charlton, Oxford United, Lincoln City, Barnet and Notts County.

“Brian Horton signed me at Town, and I also played under Peter Jackson,” he recalled.

“The fans were great here, but I know they demand hard work, and that’s not a problem.

“We aim to move the players and the club up to the next level.

“The lads will need to roll their sleeves up, but we also want them to enjoy themselves.

“If they are happy in training, hopefully that will rub off in matches.”

With no game this weekend because of the international break, Dyer and Powell’s first match in the dug-out will be at home to Middlesbrough next Saturday.