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13 November 2019

Town’s Assistant Manager discusses training, recruitment, his job title and more

- Nicky Cowley on his role day-to-day at Huddersfield Town
- Assistant Manager discusses Town’s training techniques
- Watch the full interview below on #HTTV

Training techniques, long conversations about throw-ins, recruitment and much more were discussed with Huddersfield Town’s Assistant Manager Nicky Cowley.

Nicky joined the Club with his brother and Manager Danny Cowley after the pair have worked together for a number of years.

When speaking to #HTTV for the first time, Nicky detailed what the role of Assistant Manager entails.

“Day-to-day a lot of our time is spent on the grass, man managing the players and working with the wonderful staff we have at Huddersfield Town; I have to say I’ve been so impressed with the people we’ve met.

“A lot of my role is about planning training sessions alongside Danny (Cowley), Mark Hudson, Clem (Paul Clements) and the analysts as well. We spend a lot of time trying to get as much detail as we can on the opposition too.

“I believe that training has always got to be realistic, specific to the match and ultimately to benefit the collective group. Whilst you do that you have to balance off individual development at the same time. A lot of work goes into that.

“I play a big part in the recruitment process as well. It’s really important for us to recruit the right people moving forward, we want to bring the right characters and people to the football club.

“Danny and myself are big believers in working with individuals that have really good attitudes and are able to work really hard. If we can get people who are aligned with the staff and Danny and myself, then that’ll help us moving forward.”

With Nicky taking a lead on the training sessions, a lot of work goes into the planning and preparation of them.

In the past he has taken and adapted ideas from other sports and other teams to then make them affective for his players.

Nicky detailed why he does that and the effort it takes to make the sessions new and interesting.

“I spend hours and hours every day looking for new ideas, but ideas that’ll hopefully benefit the team.

“You’re quite often taking in your previous performance and thinking about corrections, things you can do better and analysing areas where you can add on, whilst also focusing on your strengths as well and the individuals you have in your team that can produce really effective performances for you.

“There’s loads of inspiration now on social media and many fantastic coaches out there as well that we can take inspiration from.

“Working at this level exposes you to meeting other people who work at high standards, so it’s good to share ideas in that respect.

“First and foremost, for Danny and myself, we’ve tried to create an identity that’s been around real hard work and effort. We are in a process now at the Football Club where we are really trying to out work and outfight the opponent we are against.”

You can watch the full interview below on #HTTV!

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