The Chairman proud of Town's off the field work
Huddersfield Town Chairman Dean Hoyle has given an in-depth interview after the conclusion of the 2012/13 season, reviewing the Club’s first season in the Championship and giving his thoughts on the upcoming campaign.
The final part of his interview is below; to read part one click HERE
, for part two, click HERE
and for part three click HERE
Away from the field of play, Hoyle is proud at the continuation of the Club’s off the field activity, with the continued development of Canalside high on the agenda.
“Canalside Sports Complex is coming along fantastically, which bodes well for the future. That links back to our Academy setup – we are an attractive proposition for the best players and coaches now. It really enhances what we can offer to players that we wish to recruit; we become a more attractive proposition, which is all part of the plan.
“I said from day one that I will not be here forever, so it’s important to leave a legacy for when the day comes that the current Board of Directors departs. Canalside is a fantastic legacy, because the Club has never had a training facility of its own before.
“Fans must not underestimate the importance of this development – it is crucial for us to perform at this level.
“The Foundation has been fantastic so far; our fans have really dug deep. I’m also proud that it looks like we will reach our £1 million target for the ‘Keep It Up’ campaign. We’re doing great things off the pitch.
“I know some vocal fans aren’t particularly interested in that side of things, but I’ve always said that it is important the Club is at the centre of its community. That means we have to do the right thing.
“That extends to our fantastic corporate partners. One such business came up to me at the Awards and told me he’d never felt as looked after by a Club and that means a lot, as it shows we are doing the right thing.
So what will constitute success for Dean Hoyle and Huddersfield Town during the 2013/14 season?
“It’s all about improving year on year. As I’ve said we cannot compete financially with some of the clubs in this division, but what we can do is improve upon all the elements I’ve talked about.”
Hoyle reserved his final words for Town’s supporters. Town’s gates averaged 15,000 over the season, which was 7% up, but the number of home fans attending was unchanged from League 1 – the extra fans were away ones.
“We need the backing of our fans to succeed. I know the economic climate is still tough and I am thankful of the support we have. Particularly away from home the support has been tremendous and that has helped the team, without a doubt. Our fans should take great credit in knowing they made a big contribution to us stopping up.
“When we were battling against relegation, the fact that our crowds would probably stay quite similar if we had been relegated actually gave me some comfort and reassurance; we have very loyal fans.
“We will try to provide the product on the pitch for them, which I hope will get more bums on seats.”
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