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22 April 2013

Town’s Chairman speaks on Saturday morning

Huddersfield Town Chairman Dean Hoyle told BBC Radio Leeds’ Paul Ogden that he is ‘in it for the long term’ ahead of Saturday’s npower Championship win over Millwall.
We are conscious not all supporters may have heard the frank and honest interview, so here is a chance to find out about what Dean said!
The Terriers are battling hard to secure second tier football next season and were boosted by the superb 3-0 win over the Lions at the weekend, but in all scenarios Hoyle explained that he will continue his work as Chairman as long as the Town faithful want him at the Club.
“I’m in it for the long term. The only person the Club owes any money to is me and I never expect to get it back. I have always said if the supporters want change I’m quite willing to step to one side. If they do want me, I’ll be here and doing the things that are in the best interest of Huddersfield Town. There is no personal gain.”
Hoyle also confirmed that contingency plans are in place for the worst case scenario – possible relegation.
“You have to cut your cloth accordingly. I’d rather look on the positive side and think that we will stay up, but you have to plan for all eventualities. 
“The players’ contracts include relegation clauses and they would take a huge cut in wages, but it would be inevitable that some would move on.”
The Chairman also responded to claims from certain quarters that the sale of Jordan Rhodes to Blackburn in January was similar to the much-maligned departure of Marcus Stewart to Ipswich back in 1996.
“Stewart did not want to leave and was sold to a club one place above us. Jordan Rhodes made it clear he did not under any circumstances want to play for Huddersfield Town. 
“He is on Premier League wages at Blackburn and on our crowds we cannot sustain the kind of money he is getting there. 
“By keeping hold of a player of his worth we would have a depreciating asset, while at the time of the sale nobody could have predicted both clubs would be fighting to avoid relegation. 
“We could have taken £5 million with more of it up front, but we are looking to the long-term future. 
“We are a small club in Championship terms. We spent £2.5 million in transfer fees at the front end of the season, Canalside has cost £3.5 million and we will pay £2 million if the stadium shares come back. 
“Having already recruited James Vaughan we then brought in Jermaine Beckford – and that’s a very good strike-force.”
To listen to the full interview online click HERE!

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