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POWELL PLEASED WITH PROGRESS

16 October 2014

Town Manager speaks about his first few weeks

Manager Chris Powell has been delighted with the way things are working at Huddersfield Town since he took over as Manager in early September.
 
Powell will lead Town for the seventh time on Saturday when Blackpool visits the John Smith’s Stadium in Sky Bet Championship action, with the Terriers coming into the game undefeated in three games, gaining seven points from nine in the process.
 
“I’m a perfectionist and I’ll never be 100% happy – there’s always room for improvement – but things have come together very well on and off the field over the last few weeks.
 
“This is a terrific Club that I’m getting to know very quickly and we have some excellent people working very hard to ensure we can bring success to Huddersfield Town, both on the pitch and off it.
 
“The international break has given us time to let the players recuperate from a typically difficult Championship schedule, but it’s also given me another chance to get on the training field with the squad and the technical staff and put more of my stamp on the team. That’s nothing drastic – it’s just making some slight adjustments  that, all being well, will help us improve even further on the great performances the team put in to secure the points over the last week."
 
One change Chris has made is the appointment of Mark Hudson as the Club’s new Captain, with Lee Peltier stepping down from the role.
 
“Mark is a natural leader of men out on the field and having already seen the impact he’s made for us, it is no surprise that he has captained all three of his previous clubs. In the absence of Lee Peltier he’s led the team with distinction during our last two matches on the road and I believe this decision was the right one to make. I am really pleased to have him among our ranks.
 
“I spoke with Lee Peltier about the decision last week and he was thoroughly professional and accepted my judgement. Make no mistake – Lee is a senior professional who is very well respected here as an excellent footballer and he still has a big role to play at the Club on and off the pitch.”
 
Steve Thompson has also taken up the new role of First Team Coach alongside Steve Eyre, with Alex Dyer remaining Assistant Manager at the Club. 
 
Chris continued: “Steve Thompson, alongside Steve Eyre, Nick Colgan and the rest of the technical staff here, is a top quality Championship operator and has been a major factor in the recent results we’ve enjoyed due to his hard and diligent work day in, day out at PPG Canalside. 
 
“However, I believe it is for the best to have a clear structure in place and that is why Alex Dyer will now operate as the sole Assistant Manager at the Club, leaving both Steves to concentrate on the coaching.
 
“The Club has improved its structure significantly in its time in the Championship and I am very pleased with the contribution being made by all of the backroom and support staff.”

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