Huddersfield Town appoint coach ahead of League One return
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Huddersfield Town appoint coach ahead of League One return

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Huddersfield Town has named Michael Duff as head coach as they prepare for life in League One.

Duff has signed a three-year contract at the John Smith’s Stadium, succeeding Andre Breitenreiter, who departed by mutual consent following relegation from the Championship.

The 46-year-old’s previous position was at Swansea, where he was fired after less than six months in command. Before joining the Swans, he led Barnsley to the play-off final, which included a 2-1 aggregate win over Wanderers.

He told the club website, “As soon as discussions began with the club, I wanted to jump at the opportunity to be the head coach of Huddersfield Town.”

“Since leaving my previous role, I’ve had time to reflect, refresh, and consider what the next challenge will be. Whatever was to come had to be appropriate and a good match, and that is exactly how it seems.

“I understand that our supporters want a particular degree of devotion, drive, great energy, and enthusiasm from our players, and those are the high standards I’ve set for all of my teams.

“My conversations with Kevin (Nagle), Jake (Edwards), and Mark (Cartwright) have been quite positive, and I believe we’ve been on the same page since day one.

“I know the club, the area, and the fans from previous encounters, but now I want to get to know them better from a place of belonging, and above all, I want our fans to be proud of 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.”

Duff’s first coaching appointment was with Burnley’s Academy, and the former Northern Irish international also impressed at Cheltenham before moving to Oakwell in 2022.

Chairman Kevin Nagle added:

“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 League One with Michael, who has a track record that speaks for itself at this level.”

 

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