Huddersfield Town are gearing up for a new chapter under Darren Moore.
In an unexpected turn of events, Warnock announced last week that he would be leaving the club following his second tenure in charge.
The 74-year-old took over as manager of the Terriers earlier this year, when relegation to League One appeared certain. However, he somehow kept the team going, compelling owner Kevin Nagle to persuade Warnock to continue. Despite this, Huddersfield’s hierarchy has made the change as they seek a long-term appointment to head what they think will be an exciting new age.
“I’ll meet the group of players as a whole tomorrow and over the coming weeks I want individual time with all of them. If I want to get to understand them as men, we want to understand their personalities. With me the man comes first before the player – that’s always been my metaphor with the players. They’re talented men and their talent is football.
“For me, you’re far better off coming in expecting to see a confident group of players with the right mindset and mentality who want to work and have a spring in their step from recent results. I’m sure I’ll see those aspects with the players tomorrow.”
Moore has also embraced the pressure that has come with Nagle reportedly targeting a return to the Premier League within three years.
Mark Cartwright explains Moore appointment
With Warnock having picked up seven points from his last three games, which included successive wins before it was announced he was leaving, it’s fair to say this is a big risk.
However, sporting director Cartwright explained why the club has decided to go for Moore, which included a belief in the style of play he will look to implement.
“We were very clear in the skill sets that we wanted from our new manager, and Darren hit the key points. We wanted a manager who has a proven track record of high performance, and Darren’s record in sometimes challenging circumstances has been fantastic. That stems back to his first job at West Bromwich Albion, through his time at Doncaster Rovers and in getting promotion with Sheffield Wednesday last season.
“We also wanted someone whose playing style fits the squad we have now, and the one we will develop together in the future. Darren doesn’t just play an attacking brand of football; he has a track record of making teams even more attack-minded the longer he works with them.”
Coventry is the focus of attention.
Moore is relieved that his first game isn’t until Monday night, when the team travels to Coentry City. That has given him a day or two to work with the players on the training pitch, and while he won’t be able to get all of his ideas over, it’s preferable than being rushed into a game right away.
The game begins at 20:00 on Monday night.