Danny Cowley looks ahead to his first game in charge
- Town’s new Manager previews first game in charge
- Cowley looks ahead to visit of Sheffield Wednesday
- Insight into his first week with the players at PPG Canalside
Huddersfield Town Manager Danny Cowley expressed his excitement at the challenges ahead, starting with the visit of Sheffield Wednesday to the John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday (15 September).
Danny, and his brother Nicky, were announced as the Club’s new Manager and Assistant Manager respectively, earlier in the week. The former is eagerly anticipating the task that awaits with the Terriers.
“First and foremost, we have to find a way of winning football matches.
“Without a doubt, this is the biggest challenge of my life, but I’ve woke up every morning since I took the job and felt really excited about what’s to come.
“Our values are just family values. It’s always about respect, good manners, being polite – we’re all cogs in the wheel. Everybody is important to us; everybody has a role to play in our success.”
The brothers met the players at the start of the week before taking their first session at PPG Canalside on Tuesday. Although it’s early days, Danny insists that they have a clear vision for the Club going forward.
“We’ve had a good opportunity to do some work on the grass and in the video room, speaking about the values, the processes, the style and how we intend to play going forward.
“The key for us at this point is to get the processes right if we’re going to affect the mentality of the group and gain in confidence and belief. I wish I had a magic wand, I don’t, but I do have a relentless work ethic and Nicky does too.
“We always look for the best in others. If we get the processes right, the outcomes will start to take care of themselves.”
Danny acknowledges that the groundwork to successful relationships with the players will be getting to know who they are off the pitch too.
“I love people and I love to get to know people. I’ve started to learn about their families and for me it always starts with the family because I love football but there’s nothing more important than family.
“It’s getting to understand them as people, what makes them tick and about showing people you have a deep care for them.”
Town’s new Manager also insisted that results on a Saturday won’t be just down to the 11 players on the pitch; it will take an effort from the whole of the Huddersfield community.
“From where we are as a Football Club and where we want to go; it’s going to be a whole community effort and a whole town effort – we’re going to need everyone contributing.
“We need the Huddersfield Town supporters to bring their very best performance on Sunday and get right behind the players. This is a new beginning and we’re certainly looking forward to it.”
Danny and Nicky will be on the side-line for the first time in the blue of Huddersfield Town on Sunday (15 September; noon kick-off), when Sheffield Wednesday make the short trip across the county for a Yorkshire derby in the Sky Bet Championship.
Town’s Manager admitted that the players were ready for Sunday’s clash in his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon.
“The group are in a good place. They’re physically fresh, we’ve had a tough week in terms of on the grass and how much they’ve had to take on board, it’ll be a process. But we’ve made some giant steps in this early period.
“We hope to have a full squad. Credit to our Sports Science Team and our Medical Team in terms of the way they’ve looked after the players to this point. We’re in a good place going into the game.”
You can watch clips from the press conference below on #HTTV!