CHRIS HUTCHINGS might have missed out on the Town manager’s job.

But Stan Ternent’s arrival at the Galpharm has given the 50-year-old former Town player the chance of a reunion with Paul Jewell at Derby.

Holme Valley-based Hutchings, left, who worked with Jewell at both Bradford and Wigan, is expected to succeed Ternent as assistant manager at Pride Park.

Derby’s chairman of football Adam Pearson, who failed in an attempt to take Town over earlier this season, said: “We already have a new assistant lined up and ready to start work.

“I am very excited about the future of the coaching staff moving forward, as is Paul Jewell.

“The new assistant has a proven pedigree and a top-class record and is someone well known to Paul.”

Pearson said of Ternent, who arrived at Derby in November and was contracted for another three years, “I would like to thank Stan for the hard work he has put in for Derby and the support he has given Paul.

“We have given Stan permission to join Huddersfield as manager. We have not sought any compensation from them.”

Already-relegated Derby have three more Premier League games this season – at home to Arsenal on Monday, away to Blackburn on Saturday week and at home to Reading on Sunday, May 11.

Jewell and Hutchings enjoyed good times at both Bradford and Wigan, winning three promotions and keeping both clubs in the Premiership while they were together.

Hutchings took over as Wigan manager when the club parted company with Jewell last close-season.

Wigan made an impressive start to the Premier League season, going top for a short period in August.

However after six consecutive defeats left them in the relegation zone, Wigan sacked Hutchings on November 5, 2007, having played just 12 league matches.