Incoming appointment made to lead development of players
- Emyr Humphreys to become the new Academy Manager
- New appointment has spent six years at Town
- Comments from current incumbent Leigh Bromby
Huddersfield Town will appoint Emyr Humphreys to the role of Academy Manager at the conclusion of the 2019/20 season.
Humphreys, who has been a big part of the Academy staff for six years, will step into the role as current incumbent Leigh Bromby makes the switch to become the Club’s new Head of Football Operations.
Emyr is currently Town’s Head of Academy Recruitment, having re-joined the Terriers in August 2018 from Manchester United. He has played a key role in the new strategic direction of Town’s Academy alongside Bromby, recruiting a completely new set of scholars from around the country and beyond ahead of the current campaign.
Humphreys was a Recruitment Analyst with the Red Devils, working on all age groups, for two years before his return to Town.
Emyr had previously spent four years in Town’s Academy as a Performance Analyst; a discipline in which he holds a master’s degree, as well as experience within Welsh Rugby Union and at Hull City.
Leigh Bromby explained:
“The Chairman has spoken recently about the importance of succession planning for key positions at the football club and the appointment of Emyr is a great example.
“Emyr has been at the heart of what we’ve created at Academy level at this Club since re-joining us. His work on player recruitment has been outstanding, but he’s been involved in many of the strategic decisions we’ve made.
“His passion lies in the development of young footballers and I know he’ll throw himself into his new role. I can impart my experience as the Club’s Academy Manager as Emyr grows into this position and we strive to continually improve.”
“I’m very thankful to the Club for this opportunity, as I consider the opportunity to be the next Academy Manager a real privilege.
“The Club, and the Academy, shares many qualities that I hold dear; in particular, having a strong work ethic and being brave enough to do things differently.
“I’ve worked very closely with Leigh Bromby for the past 12 months and I’ve helped out with parts of the Academy management role as he has coached age groups, so I have a good head start. That will only be furthered by the handover period between now and the end of the season.
“With Leigh in his new role as incoming Head of Football Operations, it will only further strengthen the excellent links between the First Team and our Academy.”