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Championship: Huddersfield appoint former Charlton boss Chris Powell as new manager

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Championship side Huddersfield Town have appointed former Charlton Athletic manager Chris Powell as their new manager.

Powell replaces Mark Robins, who left the club after just one game of the new season. Huddersfield have won only one of their first five league games so far.

Powell's only permanent managerial role was at Charlton, where in three years at the club he got them promoted as champions from League One, and led them to a ninth place finish in their first season back in the Championship.

His second season at Championship level was not so successful, and he was sacked in March with the club bottom of the league.

Huddersfield Town Chairman Dean Hoyle commented: “We’re delighted to be able to welcome Chris to Huddersfield Town as the new Manager."

“We’ve taken our time over this appointment, as we wanted to give ourselves time to put in the groundwork and ensure we get the right man for the job. We believe we have in Chris."

“As I said when the process began, I felt it was important that we found a Manager who had ‘done it’ and Chris certainly fits that bill. He has ‘done it’ by guiding Charlton to promotion to the Championship and then finishing ninth in the 2012/13 Championship season – all achieved on a limited budget by getting the best out of his players.

“Chris also has an excellent pedigree of developing young players, with the likes of Carl Jenkinson, Diego Poyet, Callum Harriott and Jordan Cousins emerging in Charlton’s First Team under his guidance. That is an important factor in our vision for the Club.

“As a player, a Coach and a Manager, Chris knows what it takes to succeed at Championship level. Alongside his experience with Charlton, he was also promoted out of this division three times during his playing career and has become accustomed to winning.

Alongside Powell, Alex Dyer will also join the Club in an Assistant Manager role, where he will work with fellow Assistant Manager Steve Thompson, First Team Coach Steve Eyre, and the rest of the existing technical staff. Dyer, 49, worked with Powell at Charlton Athletic and played 16 games for Huddersfield Town during the 1997/98 season.

Powell's appointment sees him become the only black manager in professional football.


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