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Is Cotts Following Stan Again?

It was announced this week that former Clarets gaffer, Stan Ternent would be leaving Huddersfield Town after just six months in charge. The 62 year old was appointed only last April.

The Terriers though have won just four of the 15 League One games this season with Stan in charge despite him signing 11 new players.

His last game as the gaffer was Saturday's 3-2 home win over Crewe, which left the Terriers 16th in the table.

Chairman-elect Dean Hoyle told BBC Radio Leeds:

'I had a sit down with Stan yesterday (Monday)and we have a difference of opinion that had to come forward.

'Whether you're top of the table or bottom, if the management and the board of directors have a difference of opinion, which wasn't the same difference when Stan took the job, then you've got to go our separate ways.

'We've shook hands and I wish Stan, Ronnie and Doc the best. It's a shame it has come to this.

Ternent is reported to have left the club by mutual consent and his management team of assistant Ronnie Jepson and first-team coach Mick Docherty, both of course with Clarets connections have also departed.

Hoyle continued:

'Twelve, 13, 14 games for Stan is not long enough. I also believe eventually Stan would have gotten this club promoted, maybe not this year but next year. But when you have a difference of opinion on some matters, maybe it's not for us.'

It seems that Huddersfield have a downer on former Clarets with the news also that the club have announced the departure of vice-chairman Andrew Watson. He played an integral part in the appointment of Ternent as Andy Ritchie's successor at the Galpharm Stadium and was a former Burnley chief executive.

Even more bizarre, former Accrington Stanley and Burnley physio Ian Liversedge has also left Huddersfield Town so one wonders what fate has in store for Clarets winger,Steve Jones on loan to Huddersfield and former Clarets defender, David Unsworth!

The managerial vacancy could now mean an opportunity for another former Clarets gaffer with news that Steve Cotterill has been linked to the position.

Cotterill is believed to be one of the favourites though to fill the vacancy at Watford after the departure of Aidy Boothroyd earlier this week.He does however face competition from former QPR and Plymouth boss Ian Holloway. Cotterill has also been heavily linked with the Carlisle job, after John Ward parted company with the Cumbrian side on Monday.

This latest opportunity at Huddersfield though could also be in his sights

The 44-year-old has not been offered a managerial role since he left Turf Moor in November 2007 and he must be desperate by now to get back into the frame.

It would be a bizarre twist of fate if Steve Cotterill once more found himself a manager of a club recently vacated by Stan Ternent and it would be interesting to compare how more successful or not he might be after numerous debates amongst Clarets fans discussing, sometimes heatedly whether Ternent or Cotterill was the better manager.




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 6 2008

Time: 7:25PM

Your Comments

So what do you think about Stan's departure? One of those things or losing his touch? Tell us here or in the forums. Will be intriguing if Cotts replaces him but I hope he gets the Watford job to be honest
turfmanphil
Cotts wont be coming here! Thank God! Stan was a poor mans manager living on past success of which he head very little, UTT
Terrier24
I still think Stan would have got HTFC promoted in the next year or so - It can take time! Not sure where Cotts will end up - Cant see it being Carlisle though.
Claretdale
Totally agree CD, its clear to me,Stan's arrogance shall we say has been his undoing! If club's are sacking folk now after 14 games, based on performance then what a joke! I think this has more to do with an arrogant Terriers fanbase typified by the response above that also hasnt helped! I recall how they these fans were never willing to accept Stan in the first place. More fool them! They are a League 1 club and seem determined to remain one
turfmanphil
 

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