KEN DAVY is adamant Town's new manager will not be undermined by being labelled the club's second choice
England coach Steve McClaren has suffered badly because the Football Association wanted Luiz Felipe Scolari as first choice to mastermind the Euro 2008 bid.
But Town's chairman isn't worried the same fate will befall whoever is appointed to take the roll turned down by Phil Parkinson yesterday.
"I don't think our man will be undermined, not at all," said Mr Davy.
"We can't hide from the fact that Phil Parkinson became our first choice, but the reality is it was a very difficult decision to pick him against the others - almost like tossing a coin.
"It could have come down either way and, therefore, it would be wrong to perceive whoever is appointed is, in any sense, less than equal to Phil Parkinson because when all is said and done the selection is a very subjective process.
"Phil Parkinson was first among equals and, because of that, I'm very confident the eventual appointment will be very positive for the fans."
Supporters were stunned when news filtered out from yesterday's packed press conference that Parkinson had elected to stay at Charlton.
And Mr Davy explained: "At the 59th minute of the 11th hour, Charlton came along with sacks of money and a League I club will never be able to compete with a Premiership club in terms of cash - that's just reality.
"What is really quite bad form is that Charlton, we understand, were aware of his first interview, were aware he was in the final series of interviews and then, of course, that he had been offered the job and accepted it.
"It was only then that they came along with sacks of money, and I must say that if I were in Phil's position I would wonder why they waited so long.
"Taking it back only 24 hours we thought we had the right man for the job. The first indication we had there was a difficulty was on Tuesday night and that was confirmed the following morning.
"You can't blame Phil because if someone comes along with sackfuls of money he's got a family to think about but, personally, I think coming to Huddersfield would have been in his best long-term interests."
Mr Davy said he hoped to make an appointment before the end of the season, but there was no set timescale.
"All the other candidates we interviewed were made aware of how difficult the original choice was for us," he revealed.
"They also know how we felt they came across in their own interviews and, while this is obviously a frustrating time for them as well, we have not encountered any issues with the people we have notified about what has happened.
"Having been through the process of interviewing these people, we are in a stronger position going forward because we are not starting from scratch.
"We already have some very high-quality people who are interested in the job, but we have always indicated we would take our time because of the importance of this decision for the club and for the fans.
"Despite what happened with Phil Parkinson, that hasn't changed. It will be before the end of the season, but we won't be rushed."
Mr Davy said he believed the events of yesterday would have no effect on morale among the squad as they look to extend their unbeaten run under Gerry Murphy and coach John Dungworth to five matches at Oldham on Saturday.
"Whoever we appoint, and this would have been the case with Phil Parkinson as well, we have never had plans to parachute them in at short notice," he explained.
"These things have to be thought through properly and, in the meantime, we have every confidence in Gerry Murphy to prepare the team for some very exciting matches to come over the Easter weekend.
"Morale will be just as good as ever because they are all professionals."