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13 May 2024

Club News


13 May 2024

Northern Irishman joins Huddersfield Town as Head Coach on contract until 2027

- Michael Duff named new Head Coach of Huddersfield Town
- 46-year-old had previously reached Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final
- Comments from Kevin Nagle, Mark Cartwright and Michael Duff

We are delighted to announce Michael Duff as the new Head Coach of Huddersfield Town!

46-year-old Duff has previously been in charge of Cheltenham Town, Barnsley and Swansea City, having departed the Welsh side in December 2023. His work with the Club will begin with immediate effect, ready for pre-season ahead of the 2024/25 Sky Bet League One season.

Having enjoyed a playing career spanning two decades with Cheltenham Town and Burnley, Belfast born Duff also represented Northern Ireland on 24 occasions from central defence. Joining the Burnley academy as coach after hanging up his playing boots in 2016, his first management role would see him return to another of his former sides in Cheltenham.

In charge for four years in Gloucestershire, he took the Robins up from Sky Bet League Two as champions whilst being named Manager of the Season, before guiding the club to their highest ever league finish at the end of the 2021/22 campaign as they ended the season 15th in Sky Bet League One.

In recognition of his work with Cheltenham, Duff was then appointed Head Coach of Barnsley in June 2022. Collecting three Manager of the Month awards in his debut campaign at Oakwell in Sky Bet League One, he steered the Tykes to the Play-Off Final where they were beaten narrowly by Sheffield Wednesday in extra-time.

Attracting attention from the Sky Bet Championship following 32 victories in 58 matches in South Yorkshire, Swansea City then moved to secure Duff in June 2023 after agreeing a significant compensation package to guarantee his release. Despite showing promise at stages in South Wales with one run of four consecutive victories the highlight in September and October - the only time the side would do so all season - Duff parted ways with the Swans in December 2023.

With close to 300 games at Head Coach to date, Duff will now take charge of the Terriers on a three-year contract ahead of the 2024/25 season. Details of Michael’s coaching staff will be confirmed in due course.

Huddersfield Town Chairman Kevin Nagle commented:

“Preparation for the new season is critical, and we are excited to have Michael join us in good time for the campaign ahead.

“We have huge ambitions both on and off the pitch, and every discussion we have held with Michael has given us confidence that he not only shares those same goals, but knows what it means to represent Huddersfield Town.

“I look forward to moving on together in Sky Bet League One with Michael, who has a track record that speaks for itself at this level.”

Huddersfield Town Sporting Director Mark Cartwright added:

“It was important we acted quickly ahead of the new season, and Michael’s enthusiasm about joining Huddersfield Town was evident from our first conversation.

“Michael has a proven record of giving squads focus and direction within transitional periods, having succeeded with both Cheltenham Town and Barnsley within Sky Bet League One in the recent past, with Swansea City paying a significant compensation fee to hire him, too.

“We are in a great position for the campaign ahead, and I look forward to seeing Michael get to work with the players when our pre-season begins on field next month. Discussions regarding our off field considerations are already well underway, with Michael bought into our vision of the future whilst contributing ideas and high standards of his own.”

Huddersfield Town Head Coach Michael Duff said:

“As soon as discussions started with the Club, I wanted to jump at the chance to be Head Coach of Huddersfield Town.

“Since leaving my last role, I’ve had time to reflect, recharge and focus on what the next challenge I wanted to take on would look like. Whatever was to come had to be right and be a good fit, and that is exactly what this feels like. I know that our supporters expect a certain level of commitment, desire, high energy and passion from their play, and those are the high standards I’ve kept for all of my sides.

“My talks with the Chairman Kevin, CEO Jake and Sporting Director Mark have been incredibly positive, and I feel like we’ve been on the same page since day one. I know the Club, the area and the fans from having crossed paths in the past, but now I want to get to know them properly from a place of belonging - and above all else, I want our supporters to have pride in their team again.

“This is a special Club with a magnificent history and exciting future, so it’s a real honour to have the opportunity to be part of that. I can guarantee that I will give my all for Huddersfield Town - that’s what I’ll be asking of my players too - and together alongside our supporters we have a pre-season and campaign ahead that we’ll be ready to attack.”

Welcome to West Yorkshire, Michael!

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