Nigel Clibbens says Chris Powell has all the attributes to hit the ground running as Huddersfield Town manager.

The chief executive linked up with owner-chairman Dean Hoyle and football operations chief Ross Wilson on a three-man interviewing panel.

Powell, of course, is well known to the Town decision makers through his work with Charlton Athletic, both clubs being promoted to the Championship in 2012.

“We wanted a manager who has been there and done the job before and who is familiar with the Championship,” explained Clibbens.

“We have played Charlton in both league and cup games in recent seasons and sides put out by Chris against us have always been well organised and competitive.

“We have some good young players, but they need leadership and motivation, and we believe Chris is the man to provide that.

“Chris has already shown that he is someone who can get players to over-perform, as he puts it, and that’s very important for us.”

 

Powell succeeds Mark Robins, who left on August 10, the day after the 4-0 opening-day home defeat by Bournemouth.

Clibbens added: “We have a very solid football structure here and the work done by Mark Lillis and the other staff has given us valuable time.

“We have interviewed and re-interviewed a number of candidates, and gone through the process diligently and thoroughly. We believe Chris is the perfect fit.

“Every time we have spoken to anybody about the man next to me, it’s been very glowing, and we are delighted to have him on board.

“We’ve been able to bring in some talented players over the last month, and with the squad we have, we aren’t as high as we should be.”

Powell, who turns 45 next Monday, said: “The process has taken a few weeks, but I was a very impressed as a soon as I met Dean, Nigel and Ross.

What has been achieved already is excellent, and they have a clear vision of the way they want the club to go. I am honoured to be the chosen man to take the club forward.

“I think it was right to take things to the international break where players can recharge and I can work with the team leading in to the next Championship game.”

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Clibbens confirmed that Powell has a say in Monday’s signing of Cardiff centre-back Mark Hudson and the new boss said the passing of the transfer deadline isn’t a concern.

“There is a good squad here already, and the loan widow opens next week, so there will be a chance to manoeuvre one or two players,” he said.

“Hopefully one or two may come in while one or two may go somewhere to get experience, then come January, if we can acquire some players, we will do that.

“It’s been a tough two seasons in a tough division, very relentless and intense, but we are still a championship club and I want to make us competitive.

“I am not going to make any promises, but what I can say is that my team, whatever game they play in, will be full of character and honesty.”

Powell said he has exchanged texts with Robins, who he termed a “good friend”, and spoken at length to stand-in manager Lillis.

“There is a good squad and a good spirit here and I am looking forward to working with the players and helping make this as good a football club as we can.

“Huddersfield Town have earned the right to be in the Championship and it’s now about making the club a force and seeing where it takes us.

“We know every club in the Championship dreams of making the Premier League. Others like Blackpool and Burnley have done it, and of course, we aim to do something’s like that.

“When that might come I can’t tell you, but what I can say is that from this moment on, I will be working to make it happen.”