DEREK FAZACKERLEY says he’d be delighted to see Huddersfield Town playing Championship football next season.
The former club coach made that jump himself when he left the Galpharm to work alongside Sven-Goran Eriksson at Leicester in October 2010.
And the former England coach, who came to Town alongside Lee Clark in December 2008, believes the club are set up to compete at that level.
“Town are a terrific club with great support, and it would give me huge satisfaction to see them go up,” said the 60-year-old, who parted company with the Foxes two months into this season.
“The backing from the chairman is fantastic, and after twice losing out in the play-offs, it would by great to see them succeed this time.
“It won’t be easy, because Sheffield United are a good side. I saw them win 1-0 at the Galpharm in February, and they will take heart from that result.
“But Town have some excellent players, and in Simon Grayson, Ian Miller and Glynn Snodin, a really experienced management team who already have promotions to their name.
“It looks like being a tight clash, and it could come down to which side deals with the occasion and holds their nerve best.”
Fazackerley, who has also coached at Newcastle, Blackburn, Manchester City, Bolton and Barnsley, has been a guest of Roy Hodgson at the England manager’s first training sessions ahead of tomorrow night’s friendly against Norway in Oslo.
And he was particularly interested to see Martin Kelly, the Liverpool defender Town brought in on loan at the end of the 2008-09 campaign, after his call-up by Hodgson.
“We always knew Martin was a quality player – that’s why we wanted to bring him in on loan – and it’s nice to think we have played a little part in his development,” added Fazackerley, who as a centre-back, played a club-record 671 times for Blackburn between 1970-86.
“I remember discussing Martin with Kenny Dalglish at the time we signed him, and it was clear there were big expectations of him
“He has had a few injury problems, but he’s managed to get some games under his belt for Liverpool and England Under 21s.
“He’s progressed nicely, and the call-up to the full squad will be of huge benefit.”
Fazackerley, an old friend of Hodgson’s, says nobody within the England camp is under any illusions over the challenge ahead at Euro 2012.
“We’re in a tough group and we have to play the host nation in front of what will be a partisan crowd,” he said.
“A good number of the best sides in the world will be there, so we will have to be bang on form to have a chance.
“But that said, Roy is a hugely experienced coach and we have some top-quality players to call on, so never write us off.”
England’s fellow Euro 2012 contestants the Republic of Ireland host Bosnia tomorrow.
Scotland play the USA in the early hours of Sunday (British time), when Wales will be in action in Mexico.