Chris Powell gave his first pre-match press conference as Huddersfield Town manager at the club's PPG Canalside training ground earlier as the Terriers prepare to face Middlesbrough.

Town host the Teessiders this weekend 10 days after unveiling Powell as the full-time successor to Mark Robins and his tenure will belatedly get underway after the international break.

Town face a hectic run of six games in 21 days and Powell seems ready for the task at hand, judging by some of the comments he made at today's meeting with the media.

But what were the main talking points from what the new man in charge had to say?

Here are our key five as we pick the bones from the press conference.

Sean Scannell set to play key part

A transfer saga that ran and ran and looked set to reach a head on deadline day - all until Powell's personal intervention in the nick of time.

Scannell had been widely tipped to move back to the capital with Millwall but Powell - a fellow Londoner - was quick to stamp his authority at the club and ruled that he would actually not be going anywhere.

And when pressed on his decision to keep the winger at the club, he conceded that he had proven enigmatic since his arrival from Crystal Palace but hoped to get the best out of him.

Powell seemed perspicuous about his chances of extracting just that from Scannell, who will hope to build on some promising early-season form.

Sean Scannell will look to repay new manager Chris Powell's show of faith in him
Sean Scannell will look to repay new manager Chris Powell's show of faith in him
 

Performance must not sacrifice on results

When Alex Smithies - who faced the media before his manager - spoke at great length about how the new manager had placed emphasis on doing the basics right, it was evident that he had already begun to make his mark.

Smithies actually suggested the manager wants his players to win "scruffy," before justifying his lexical selection by going on to highlight the importance of winning, full stop.

It was a sentiment echoed by Powell who was quick to point out his new charges' inability to keep a clean sheet so far this term, something which haunts the Town No.1.

The focus from both manager and player was simple - win matches by hook or by crook.

The new man is embracing the challenge

Asking reporters for some Yorkshire lingo to get to grips with served as an indicator as to how keen Chris Powell is to make an impression.

He has only been around for five minutes and already you can sense his willingness to learn about his new surroundings, his players' needs and what it means to be Huddersfield Town manager.

And he has clearly been doing his homework too, taking in footage of his side's opening performances and familiarising himself with key personnel around the club and already appears settled.

While admitting the task of managing Town in an increasingly-competitive Championship represents a challenge, his mood suggested it is not an insurmountable one.

Peltier to lead the new era

Powell was asked for his thoughts on the signing of Mark Hudson, a deal which was given the new manager's consent on deadline day, and the word that stuck was "leadership", something the former Cardiff City captain brings with him in abundance.

But not enough clearly, with Powell refusing to change his captain and instead keeping Lee Peltier in place as the on-field leader and presumably relying on Hudson as an added vocal presence.

With the new addition expected to slot straight into the side and offer some much-needed "know-how" in defence, it may result in Peltier moving out to a more conventional right-back position.

There have been no attempts to come in and rip things up, clearly continuity is key for Powell in his new adventure. He trusts the work that has gone on before him and the captaincy is one issue that arguably did not need resolving.

Lee Peltier will continue to lead the club under Chris Powell
Lee Peltier will continue to lead the club under Chris Powell
 

Players buying into new ideas

Smithies was the voice of the people for his team-mates as he offered an insight into the training methods employed by Powell and right-hand man Alex Dyer, but his positive mood was enough evidence that the new regime has started well.

A spark, a lift, brightening the place up - no matter what you wanted to refer to Powell's impact since arriving, Smithies had it covered and also revealed how the new man has already come across as someone ready to offer an arm round the shoulder to each of his players.

The style of training has been described as 'thorough' and the fact results have been prioritised also hints at a desire to strip things back and return to laying the right foundations and making Town tough to beat.

The international break has felt even longer than normal for some, but Smithies felt Town may have benefited from that as it has allowed time for everyone to get used to changes around the club.