Chris Powell: Huddersfield boss says managers should take breaks

Huddersfield Town manager Chris Powell
Powell left Charlton after three years in March 2014

New Huddersfield Town boss Chris Powell says an extended break from the game is good for managers after they lose jobs.

Powell, sacked by Charlton in March, was appointed Terriers boss last week on a rolling contract.

"I would look at trying to ask managers to have a mandatory two or three months off after a job," the 45-year-old told BBC Radio Leeds.

"You get time to look at yourself, what went well and what didn't and how you can improve."

Managerial changes in the Football League in 2014-15
10 AugustHuddersfield Town - Mark Robins (mutual consent)
14 AugustCrystal Palace - Tony Pulis (mutual consent)
Crystal Palace - Neil Warnock
28 AugustLeeds United - Dave Hockaday (sacked)
31 AugustWatford - Beppe Sannino (resigned)
1 SeptemberCarlisle United - Graham Kavanagh (sacked)
Colchester United - Joe Dunne (mutual consent)
Colchester United - Tony Humes
2 SeptemberWatford - Oscar Garcia
3 SeptemberHuddersfield Town - Chris Powell

"I enjoyed my time out of the game and it was a bit of a learning journey for me."

Huddersfield are one of six teams in the top four divisions of English football to have changed manager already this campaign.

The former Addicks boss takes charge of his new club, who are 21st in the Championship, for the first time against Middlesbrough on Saturday.

He has been impressed by what he has seen from his new charges so far.

"Everyone has been really welcoming and the players have been really receptive and have trained well," Powell said.

"It's about moving forward now and making sure we are competitive.

"My mantra has always been to go out there and express yourselves in the best way you can and play with intensity.

"I know these players can do that."