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MARK DEVLIN ON THE POSTPONEMENT OF TOWN’S FIXTURES

13 March 2020

Interim Chief Executive discusses postponement of fixtures

- Interim Chief Executive on the EFL’s decision to postpone fixtures until April
- Mark Devlin thanks Town supporters after COVID-19 uncertainty
- Huddersfield Town First Team squad has a clean bill of health

Huddersfield Town Interim Chief Executive Mark Devlin is grateful for the supporters’ understanding following the EFL’s decision to postpone all Sky Bet Championship games until Friday 3 April 2020.

Devlin admits that he can relate to the supporters’ disappointment and is thankful to the Club’s staff and fans for their support so far.

“There’s no one at the Club, and I’ve certainly not in 20 years in professional football, ever come across a situation quite like we’ve encountered these past few days.

“I have to say all of the staff, from the playing side through to the administration staff, have been fantastic.

“I also have to say thank you ever so much to the supporters who have stuck by it and who have understood that this is something that has been thrown upon all of us clubs.

“Generally speaking, fans have been disappointed because they were looking forward to seeing their team in action, but sympathetic to what’s been going on.”

Town’s Chief Executive discussed what the Club’s preferred outcome would be regarding the current situation.

“From our point of view, what I’d really like to see is that firstly the health of the nation gets put back on an even keel; that’s the most important thing.

“Then we’re able to come up with a reasonable time scale that allows us to play these games in front of supporters because they’re important games for everyone involved.

“Even though we’re all in the same boat I do hope there isn’t a rush to finish the season on time so that teams are playing two maybe three games a week because I think the quality of the football will be affected alongside the health and safety and the fitness of the players.”

Town Interim CEO gave a health update on Danny Cowley’s squad and detailed that training will still take place.

“They’re (The players are) hugely frustrated that they’re not able to play football.

“They were geared up and knew the importance of this weekend’s game. They’re disappointed, and now the challenge is keeping players fit and focused between now and hopefully Saturday 4 April 2020.

“For the moment we’re training, and the players will continue to train as long as the situation remains as is.

“If there’s any changes to that, then we may well shut the Training Ground down completely. What we will do is continue to be led by our Medical Team and the health of the players.

“If we find a player or several players showing the symptoms or being diagnosed, then that will force our hand, but for the moment we have a clean bill of health in terms of the virus and the players will continue to train.”

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