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Huddersfield Town appoint Chris Powell

3 September 2014

Huddersfield Athletic have named former Charlton Athletic boss Chris Powell as their new manager.

The 44-year-old replaces Mark Robins, who departed the club on the opening weekend of the season following a 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth.

Powell was in charge of Charlton for three years, guiding them to the League 1 title in 2012, but was sacked in March following a disagreement with new Valley owner Roland Duchatelet.

The former England full-back's first game at the helm will be at home to Middlesbrough a week on Saturday.

Town say Powell has signed a rolling contract and will be assisted by Alex Dyer, who was also his number two at The Valley.

Chairman Dean Hoyle told the club's official website: "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.

"Make no mistake - throughout the football industry Chris is held in extremely high regard. This is an excellent fit with the club and how we operate."

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