MICK DOCHERTY was today unveiled as Town’s new coach.
The 57-year-old son of legendary former Manchester United manager Tommy links up with Galpharm manager Stan Ternent for a third time after working with him at Hull and Burnley, where the pair played together in the Sixties.
And his arrival to operate alongside Ternent and Ronnie Jepson means a resurrection of the team who took Burnley into the Championship eight years ago.
Docherty also worked with Jepson at Gillingham between January 2006 and last September, after which he had a short stint as joint caretaker manager with ex-Town striker Iffy Onuora.
Having also had spells in charge of Hartlepool and Rochdale as well as coaching at Sunderland, where an injury ended his playing career at 29, the former full-back has a wealth of experience.
And Ternent is eager to tap into it as he plots a promotion push in his first season at the helm.
“I like to bring in people who I know and trust, and Mick is certainly one of them,” said Ternent, who moved for Docherty following the departure of Martyn Booty last week.
“There are a lot of good young players coming through the academy here who need to continue their development in the reserves and then first team and Mick will help that happen.”
Docherty said: “I had a few other irons in the fire, but the opportunity to join a club with so much history and so much potential is just too good to turn down.
“There are a lot of parallels with Burnley, who are now established in the Championship, and I firmly believe Stan can do the same thing here at Huddersfield.
“He and Ronnie are both very experienced and very driven guys, and it’s exciting to be a part of their plans to take the club forward.
“The season-ticket offer means we will have an excellent support base next season, and the challenge of meeting the fans’ expectations is a great one.
“Both myself and Ronnie have had recent experience of League I and Stan has a great track record in buying and selling players to assemble promotion-winning squads.
“It’s great to be back working with them and I firmly believe we can be successful.”