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- Dean Hoyle comments on appointment of David Wagner
- Chairman believes Monday is start of Club's new chapter
Speaking a day before Wagner and his assistant Christoph Buehler start work at the Club on Monday morning, Dean issued the following statement.
“As disappointing as yesterday’s result was, I would like to thank Academy Manager Mark Lillis for stepping in and leading the team yesterday. Just as he has before, he did a terrific job of steadying the ship.
“However, I believe the referee’s blow of the final whistle signalled the start of a new chapter in Huddersfield Town’s history.
“Our new Head Coach David Wagner will begin his job on Monday morning and will bring about a change in philosophy and culture within the Club’s First Team.
“Make no mistake; this is no ‘quick fix’ and will take time, so we all – Chairman and fans alike – need to be patient and allow David the time to develop this change.
“David brings lots of new ideas to the table and that excites me, as I believe now is the time to change the mentality of this Club. Treading water in the Sky Bet Championship is not enough for Huddersfield Town; I believe we are now an established second tier team and we should have no fear when taking on some of the division’s ‘big boys’.
“A lot has already been said about the need to have clear pathways for the youngsters coming through the Club’s Academy system who are deemed good enough and that is vital for the sustainability of Huddersfield Town, but equally we all realise that must be coupled with experience. It’s all about striking the right balance between the two.
“The team will also need to be fitter than ever, as fitness plays a big part in David’s planned style of play.
“I’m sure some players will embrace this change and others may not, but that’s life and we will move on.
“David also brings a wealth of knowledge of European football and that will open up new markets when it comes to recruitment. As always, we won’t rush to buy players for the sake of it; our recruitment process will be thorough.”
“As Chairman, I believe the time is now for Huddersfield Town to push on. As such, I am committed to backing our new Head Coach both financially and with time.
“I believe there are exciting times around the corner for our club. They start with David tomorrow and I wish him all the best.”