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DEVLIN: WE ALL NEED TO COME TOGETHER

30 June 2020

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Chief Executive addresses the Huddersfield Town supporters

- Mark Devlin speaks to Huddersfield Town supporters
- Town fighting to stay in the Sky Bet Championship
- Watch the full interview on #HTTV

Huddersfield Town Chief Executive Mark Devlin has urged everyone to come together for the vitally important seven remaining Sky Bet Championship games.

The Terriers currently sit in the relegation zone and as they continue to fight to stay in the second-tier of English football, Mark Devlin showed complete understanding for the Club’s supporters.

“It’s a difficult time for everyone; staff, players, supporters. You find out a lot about yourself in times of adversity.

“I can completely sympathise with the fans. It wasn’t long ago when they were celebrating wins over Manchester United in the Premier League and now, we are in the midst of a relegation battle. We have to accept we are in a relegation battle and fight our way out of it.

“I can understand why fans would be disappointed with the way the last year has gone, the way we came out of the Premier League and the way this season has not turned out anything like our fans or staff thought it would do.

“We are where we are and we have to face up to that. We need to do everything we can to remain in this division and go back to growing as a club again.”

The short-term plan is to remain in the Sky Bet Championship, but Town’s Chief Executive wanted to reassure supporters than plans are in place to allow the Club to compete in the upper echelons of the division in the future.

“Everyone is focused on staying in the division. The focus on and off the field, everyone is working hard to get us out of trouble and to set us up for a much better start to the season.

“We have a short, medium and long-term plan; the longer term plan is to have a really professionally run club, that plays in a certain way, that recruits players with a certain style, and that are a certain age to become a club that is challenging in the top end of the Championship in a sustainable way rather than chucking cash at it.

“Our aim is to make sure Huddersfield Town is back challenging, where I know our fans want to be.

“We have to accept we had a bad 12 months lot of thing transpired. Phil took over at a tough time, he’s incredibly ambitious for the Club, makes the decisions with the best interests of the Club in mind and is desperate for it to succeed.

“Plans have been laid for this club to rebuild, bring itself together again and to bounce back as quickly as we can to get ourselves challenging at the right end of this division.”

But in the short-term, Devlin was keen to reiterate how seriously everyone involved with Huddersfield Town is taking the current situation.

“I don’t think there’s a person around Huddersfield Town that isn’t aware of the battle we are in.

“We’ve been in a battle off the field the last three months because of COVID-19 and the last couple of results have made it clear to everyone we are in a real battle.

“I don’t think there’s a player, member of staff or off-field staff that doesn’t realise the important of the next few weeks and what we need to do to get over the line.

“We know fans have been disappointed over the last year and we are working hard to make that right.

“I honestly believe that we have a group of people that understand the severity of this issue and are up for the challenge. We can only achieve this by coming together.”

Watch the full interview below on #HTTV!


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