DEAN HOYLE believes Stan Ternent ticks all the boxes as Town’s new manager.
The 61-year-old former Bury and Burnley boss, main picture, was today unveiled as Andy Ritchie’s successor after being head-hunted by the club and agreeing a three-year Galpharm contract.
By his side was former Town striker Ronnie Jepson, the man Ternent wanted to bring in as his assistant.
The 44-year-old, who quit as manager of Town’s League I rivals Gillingham in September, played under Ternent at Bury and worked with him at both Burnley and Gillingham.
While he has signed the same length of deal as Ternent, who has given up his job as assistant manager of Derby to take on the Town challenge, chairman-elect Hoyle stressed the aim is for the pair to win promotion immediately.
“We desperately want to deliver in our centenary season, and Stan and Ronnie are under no illusions as to what’s expected,” said the greetings card tycoon, who will take control of Town from Ken Davy this time next year.
“There’s a lot of hard work ahead, but I firmly believe we have the right men to take the club forward.
“Stan might not be the name people were expecting, but he has the qualities we were looking for.
“He has huge experience and a proven record of winning promotion from this division, having done so with Bury and Burnley.
“He has the desire to be successful again with this club. That’s shown by his willingness to give up a good job with a team who are likely to be pushing for promotion from the Championship next season.
“I said we wanted a leader of men, and Stan is certainly that. He’s a strong character and a disciplinarian, but he earns the loyalty of his players.
“He gets his sides fit and well-organised, and while the football played under him is aggressive and direct, it’s also attractive, which is important.
“Stan was recommended to us by the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes and Steve Coppell and has excellent contacts within the game and has shown his ability to make quality signings.
“He is a big enough character to have brought the likes of Paul Gascoigne and Ian Wright to Burnley, and he developed the likes of Dean Kiely and David Johnson at Bury and Glen Little and Richard Chaplow at Burnley.
“We will have a significantly increased budget for signings and I believe Stan has the ability to bring in players of the quality we are looking for.”