Inside Track: Huddersfield Town

By SFC Media Fri 10 May Saints v Huddersfield
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We got the lowdown on Saints' final day opponents from Huddersfield Daily Examiner reporter Steven Chicken.

After the 1-1 draw with Manchester United in the final home game, is there a real sense that Jan Siewert can rebuild in the summer for the Championship?

It was definitely a welcome boost after a very difficult and frankly miserable season for Town. The reality is that as with any relegated club, the rebuilding job goes beyond Siewert himself - but he has spoken of having a clear idea of what kinds of signings he wants to bring in and how he wants his side to play next season.

The emergence of Juninho Bacuna in central midfield and January signing Karlan Grant up front has definitely helped. In those two plus the experience of Tommy Smith, Christopher Schindler, Jonathan Hogg, Aaron Mooy and a few others, they look to have a really good, proven spine to their squad for the Championship next season.

Has there been any notable changes in the way Jan Siewert has set Town up as he tries to implement his own philosophy ahead of next season?

Formation-wise, the biggest change has been the disappearance of the five at the back that David Wagner had begun to favour heavily towards the end of his tenure. Siewert has spoken of wanting to play exciting, attacking football, and has hinted that he sees 4-3-3 as the best way to achieve that.

We haven't really had too many chances to see that in the Premier League because they've been so comprehensively outclassed, but if he can get the side scoring a shedload then that would be a departure from Wagner's time: even the season they went up, although they played very nice football, Town only had the 14th best attack in the Championship.

Dean Hoyle’s incredible ten year era has come to an end, with Phil Hodgkinson taking the reins. What’s the mood like at the club after such big news?

Dean Hoyle applauds the fans after the draw with Manchester United

Grateful to Dean Hoyle, more than anything. You can't overstate the impact he has had on the club and on the community: he really has been everything you could possibly want in an owner. You could see that in the big, tearful farewell he got before, during and after the Manchester United game last week.

What sort of game are you expecting?

Difficult, as all Town's games have been this season, but I'm quietly optimistic that we'll see an open, end-to-end game with both sides just saying "well, why not?"


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