Trouble for The Terriers – What’s Gone Wrong at The Helm of Huddersfield?
With less than 10 games to go in the 2018/19 season, Huddersfield Town sit bottom of the Premier League on just 14 points, with just one win in the last 16 games. Without a miraculous turn of events, The Terriers will be relegated well before the season wraps up on the 12th of May.
The club parted ways with manager David Wagner in January, who lead the side to promotion after defeating Reading 4-3 on penalties in the 2017 play-off final. Before this, it was 45 long years since the side had last experienced top-flight football. Huddersfield battled against the bookmaker’s odds, and just managed to maintain their Premier League status last season, finishing two places above the relegation zone.
So, following the jubilation from being promoted and staying up, what’s caused the West Yorkshire team to stoop so low?
Huddersfield broke the bank in the summer, signing The Dutch defender Terence Kongolo, for a club record fee of around £17.5m. The excitement for the new season was immediately halted by Chelsea as Huddersfield conceded 3 goals and didn’t pick up any points at the John Smiths stadium. Furthermore, their second fixture was away against centurions Manchester City, where Sergio Aguero netted three to sink Huddersfield to the depths of the league.
The new season clearly wasn’t heading the right way for the side, as fans watched in shock as their team accumulated a mere three points out of a possible thirty. Wagner lasted until January 14th, when by mutual agreement with himself and club owner Dean Hoyle, he parted ways with the club. Hoyle stated that the German manager “needed a break from the rigours of football management”. It is without doubt that he left the players and fans with excellent memories. From picking the team up near relegation down to league one, to lifting them to the joys of the Premier League.
Since Wagner’s departure, Former Broussia Dortmund second team manager Jan Siewert has taken over, but form isn’t improving, and Siewert has only picked up one win out of a possible six. It doesn’t take a football genius to understand that the future is currently looking bleak for Huddersfield. With relegation looming close, what will happen to The Terriers next season?