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Who should be the next Huddersfield Town manager?

So 24 hours has passed since Simon Grayson was told to shut that door (sorry I couldn’t resist) and the attention now turns to who should should be Huddersfield Towns next manager. Let’s face it all the fans want to see is some decent football, a bit of fight and consolidation in the Championship.

For me it has to be Adkins, he plays good football, has the right experience and should never have been sacked by Southampton. Added to that he has dealt well in the transfer market. If we can’t bring Adkins to the John Smith’s I’d like to see Paul Tisdale, a manager who deserves a chance at a higher level.

Here is a brief look at the contenders, as well as those we should shy away from. Of course not every potential name is there…

The Favourites


Nigel Adkins: Odds: 2/5 SkyBet, 11/10 Stan James

The man I would have had chosen ahead of Lee Clark back in 2008 when he was still in charge of Scunthorpe. His CV contains four promotions, two Welsh league championships and the albeit brief experience of managing in the Premier League. Not only is he the fans favourite to take the job, he is currently the bookies favourite, although earlier in the week many expected Blackpool to try and  take him to Bloomfield Road. Adkins certainly plays a more attractive style of football than Simon Grayson ever did, as many Town fans witnessed when Southampton comprehensively beat us 4-1 just over two years ago, before the start of that unbeaten run.

I do question those who say Adkins is too big for Town, of course you may expect him to go to a side that could push for promotion to the Premier League ,but none of those clubs currently have a managerial vacancy. An English manager such as Adkins will find it hard to get a Premier League side taking a risk on him, so why wouldn’t he come to Huddersfield to prove his capabilities?

Owen Coyle: Odds 7/2: Paddy Power, 6/1 SkyBet 37_0_1222978821

It’s hard to believe how much Owen Coyle’s stock has seemingly fallen in the past two years, from being declared as one of the Premier League’s best young managers whilst at Burnley to seeing his Bolton side slide to relegation to the Championship. He was sacked after an indiffernt start to the season with Bolton where he seemingly lost the fans,mind you Dougie Freedman has hardly set the Reebok alight.

It is his achievements with Burnley that will catch the eye of Town fans, a club of similar stature and budget who he managed to get to the Premier League. Although the Premier League is a pipe dream at the moment, that on his CV will certainly help. Coyle has already turned down Ipswich and Blackpool this season as he is waiting for the right job to come along, could Huddersfield Town be the job for him? But does he balance the attack with the defence, figures are against him for that.


Paulo Di Canio: Odds: 10/1 Stan James & SkyBet, 12/1 Bet Victor

Who would ever have thought the flamboyant Italian would ever go into management? Well he has and has been an instant success with Swindon leading them to promotion in League Two and impressing in League One. Of course Swindon have had quite a fair share of backing to achieve that, but Di Canio’s side had not only the best defence in League Two last season, but one of the best in League One this season. Something we are in dire need of after shipping 27 goals in the last 10 games.

The only issue with Di Canio is himself, he’s as mad as a box of frogs. We have seen it throughout his career, from pushing over the referee whilst at Sheffield Wednesday, to arguing with Frank Lampard over a penalty and then demanding to be substituted in the same game. That has continued into management with the well publicised argument with Leon Clarke. Would our Chairman Dean Hoyle be able to work with such a fiery character? Who knows, but if Di Canio is willing to put in his own cash to bring in players to Town, let’s give him a shot.

The outsiders

Alan Curbishley: Odds: Paddy Power 22/1, Bet Victor 66/1 CurbishleyShoutsLL_468x601

I am surprised nobody has really mention his name with the Town job, although he is usually mentioned ith any job towards the bottom end of the Premier League or top end of the Championship. Shockingly it has been over four years since Curbishley was last in a job with West Ham, but it’s understandable why he was in no rush to return to football management with a £2.2million pay off.

He built Charlton up to a mid-tabled Premier League side before deciding to resign after 15 years in management at the addicks, his West Ham days are less than memorable after resigning with players being sold from underneath him. With a TV punditry career and being a self-confessed southerner, I doubt Curbs will come up north to manage Town.

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Nick Barmby: Odds: Stan James 25/1, Bet Victor 66/1

Appointed Hull manager after Nigel Pearson returned to Leicester, Barmby got off to a good start with the Tigers and led them to eighth place in the Championship, just 7 points from the play-offs. However, he was controversially sacked after talking about Hull’s transfer policy, money and the clubs owners.

He could be an ideal candidate for Dean Hoyle as he is a young hungry manager who wants to prove himself and has some success in this division. I personally wouldn’t be disappointed if Barmby was appointed, but it would be a bold move by the club to do so. He certainly has the potential the become a good manager somewhere in England very soon.

Aidy Boothroyd: Odds: 12/1 Stan James, 25/1 Paddy PowerWatford v Manchester City

Ever since Stan Ternent was sacked as Town boss, Boothroyd has been linked with the job every time we look for a new manager. He of course is well known for coming up through the Terriers ranks, as well as leading Watford to the Premier League in 2006. Currently he is the Northampton Town boss and they sit in the League Two automatic promotion places.

What will go against Boothroyd is his direct style of play which was criticised by many Watford fans, as well not tearing up many trees at Colchester or Coventry. He is still young and learning, but probably not what Town need right now.


Paul Tisdale: Odds: 25/1 Stan James, 40/1 Bet Victor

His fashion sense may be questionable but his managerial qualities aren’t as he guided Exeter from non-league to eighth in League One by 2011. Last season Exeter returned to League Two, but they currently just sit outside the automatic promotion spots on goal difference. What is even more remarkable is that Tisdale, who has been at Exeter for nearly seven years now, has only ever paid money for one player in his tenure. (according to the ever reliable wikipedia *ahem*)

His ability to build teams on a tight budget with success is a brilliant quality and one that I would love Hoyle and Town to tap into. However, would Exeter let him go in their current position? He is one for me I’d love if we couldn’t get Adkins.

Other names in the frame…

  • Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer: The Molde manager was linked with the Blackburn job, but I doubt he would realistically come to Town. If he does manage in England it will be with a top stable Championship side or in the Premier League
  • Mark Robins: Robins couldn’t quite take Rotherham to League One but nearly did so despite a 17 point deduction. An indifferent spell with Barnsley followed but he was never really backed financially. Currently trying to rebuild Coventry in League One
  • Steve Kean: Caused a stir amongst Blackburn fans and appeared to be the Venky’s favourite child. Controversially sacked at the start of the season, but I just can’t see Hoyle employing him.
  • Kenny Jackett: He has worked wonders at Millwall without spending much money. However, another I can’t see coming to Town when comfortable at a club. I certainly wouldn’t say no though.
  • Roberto Di Matteo: Am I being serious, no. But stranger things have happened.

Those we should avoid (for obvious reasons)

  • Phil Brown
  • Iain Dowie
  • Paul Jewell
  • Paul Ince
  • Phil Parkinson
  • Craig Levein
  • Gary Megson

One thought on “Who should be the next Huddersfield Town manager?

  1. Great analysis and good names to be linked with, however, I’d question a few choices. Tisdale? I agree with what you say re his achievements and if we were still in league one them maybe it would be a risk worth taking!
    I feel that at present the squad isn’t too bad but to get better players is hard as we dont have the big city appeal, with massive crowds, although decent, along with budgets for higher wages.
    If a proven high profile manager was appointed that to me would be a great investment and incentive for prospective players wanting to come to town and play, learn and progress from the best there is.
    Keep up the good work!

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