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4 February 2019

Club News


4 February 2019

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Huddersfield Town’s Chairman returning to full health after illness

- A message from Huddersfield Town Chairman Dean Hoyle
- Dean is returning to full health following bout of Pancreatitis
- Hoyle thanks supporters for messages and well-wishes

Huddersfield Town can confirm that Chairman Dean Hoyle is on the road to recovery after a lengthy battle with Pancreatitis.

After attending the Premier League game at home to Liverpool on 20 October 2018, Dean was taken ill and diagnosed with Gallstones.

Dean underwent a routine ERCP procedure to remove the Gallstone, which unfortunately led to Pancreatitis setting in. After five weeks, Dean also developed an infection in his Pancreas.

He has subsequently spent 15 weeks in hospital, where he is still based. However, Dean has now reached the stage where he can visit home during the day.

Out of respect for Dean’s privacy, the Club has not passed comment previously. However, with rumours continuing to circulate surrounding his health, a decision has now been taken to reveal the full detail of Dean’s condition, as he explained:

“The last three months have been an absolute rollercoaster, full of ups and downs. However, as I keep reminding myself, rollercoasters only move forward! I feel like, all being well, I’m now in the last lap of my recovery.

“We’ve tried to keep my condition out of the spotlight, but understandably it has become increasingly difficult to do so and I wanted to quash the rumours about my long-term health once and for all.

“I’m not out of the woods just yet, but I would like to take this opportunity to thank the medical teams at St James’s University Hospital in Leeds and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary for the outstanding care I have received.

“I’d also like to thank our wonderful supporters for the many cards and messages I’ve received; it’s been totally overwhelming.”

On his involvement at Town, Dean continued:

“I plan to attend Saturday’s game against Arsenal, all being well. I won’t be able to take my usual seat in the Directors’ Box as I’ll need to stay indoors, but I’m still really looking forward to it.

“I must take this opportunity to thank Chief Executive Julian Winter. I was still fully involved in key decisions like the appointment of Jan Siewert as Head Coach, but Julian has really taken hold of the reins on a day-to-day basis in my absence. He deserves huge credit for that during a difficult period for the Club.

“I cannot wait to be back actively involved day-to-day. I’m desperate to get back to the Club, but I must be realistic; this may take a few months. For the first time in a decade, I need to put myself first as I get back to full health.

“In the meantime, I have complete faith and confidence in the excellent staff we have at Huddersfield Town, from the Board of Directors to everyone else. There is a lot of work ahead of us, but we’ll take on the challenge together, as always.”

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