Huddersfield Town have sealed a "real coup" in appointing Chris Powell, according to South London Press deputy sports editor Richard Cawley.

Powell signed a rolling contract with the club to become the permanent successor to Mark Robins in the Town hotseat and revealed he is honoured to have been chosen to lead the Terriers forward .

And Cawley, who covers Charlton Athletic for the South London Press as the deputy sports editor, believes the former Addicks player and boss is the best man to lead Town forward.

"Huddersfield Town are getting a manager that did a really good job at Charlton," he said.

"He had complete backing from the board during his first full season at the club and got them promoted from League One.

"But once they went up, the pursestrings were tightened and Chris Powell then had to work the free market in the Championship but, despite that, they still managed to finish ninth.

"There are different attitudes from different people on why he left the club but he will have done so with a heavy heart because the fans loved him and felt he did a good job.

"So really, he did very well without the club making a lot of investment."

There has been a feeling of trepidation amongst some fans about whether Powell is the right fit for the job, but Cawley moved to appease those fears by suggesting his achievements while in charge of the Addicks are not something to be sniffed at.

"I think you just have to look at his record really," he said.

"He managed to win League One when he had a smaller budget than Lee Clark at Town and the two Sheffield clubs and he tends to do better than he should do.

"I actually think that Town are getting a good manager who knows this division, he's great with the players and he's a nice guy.

"I think also he's a shrewd customer when it comes to the tactical side so it's a real coup for Huddersfield."

 

The blueprint implemented by the club in recent seasons has been to maximise internal resources and Cawley believes this is one of Powell's personal strong points.

"He brought through a number of players at Charlton Athletic, with Jordan Cousins being one of them and Diego Poyet," he revealed.

"He also gave Chris Solly a run in the team and he has been an outstanding player for Charlton over the last few seasons and he also gave a debut to Carl Jenkinson, who has obviously been picked up by Arsenal.

"He absolutely has used young players and does like giving them a chance.

"He pushes his players hard but he cares about them and I think he understands that there's a human element so he judges them really well.

"He tends to have a happy squad and a group of players who want to play for him."

Powell left the Addicks under a cloud after disagreements with Belgian owner Roland Duchatelet over the club's strategy but Cawley believes there was a determination on the manager's part to make a swift return to the dugout.

"Yeah I think he had that desire to get back in [to football management]," he added.

"He has come back pretty quickly and whether the job is the right one, I'm guessing that he would make the move that's right for him.

"I think he will think he can do well there, he knows the Championship inside out.

"He's managed in the division for a couple of seasons and has played the game at a very high level so I think it's a good time for him to come back.

"I think he was desperate to get back in as soon as he can and didn't want a massive rest time."

Town pressed ahead with plans to sign Mark Hudson on deadline day and had already nailed down several of their targets during their hunt for a new manager, but Cawley is confident Powell will be able to bring the playing staff on at Town.

"The thing with Chris is he will know these players pretty well already," he said.

"He's not afraid to make changes if he has to with the players.

"He overhauled the Charlton squad at the end of his first season for example.

"But he won't come in with preconceived ideas, he will look at it and it will boil down to those players working hard and being committed."