Darren Moore will take charge of Huddersfield Town’s debut match as manager tomorrow night against last season’s beaten play-off finalists Coventry City. EFL analyst Sam Parkin has questioned Darren Moore’s tactical aptitude following his appointment as Huddersfield Town manager. Moore, whose first game in command of the Terriers is against Coventry City tomorrow night, won a lot of praise after leading Sheffield Wednesday back into the Championship last season.
However, the Owls missed out on automatic promotion due to a bad run of games near the end of the season. Their deterioration in form allowed Plymouth Argyle and Ipswich Town to swoop in and take the top two spots in the division.
Despite that bitter disappointment, Moore picked his players up off the ropes and led them to play-off glory. Speaking on the Championship Check-In podcast, Parkin said: “It’s hard to argue with statistics from the League One campaign and the points total. It was a stellar season at that level in terms of the teams he came up against. “My reluctance to go in heavy (on Moore’s appointment) and think this is going to be an unrivalled success is that in-game management I think lets him down. I haven’t seen that yet as his strong suit.
“I think there have been a few play-off campaigns where that has been the recurring theme and it has been my feeling when I have come away from a league games as well.
“I’m not convinced that this is going to propel Huddersfield forward in the short-term but what I will say is that is not too dissimilar to how Neil Warnock would set up his team, although I do think Neil Warnock is a bit of disturber. He likes to go man to man on occasion.”
The former Ipswich Town striker acknowledged the fine job that Moore did to get Wednesday out of the third tier of English football. But Parkin is still “incredibly surprised” by Town’s decision to dispense with Warnock’s services and hire Moore, with the Terriers having taken seven points from their last three matches.
“We will see how it goes,” he said. “If the players are not going to change too much, there’s no reason why this momentum can’t continue. I think the back four or back five is pretty good. Ben Wiles has added a lot to the midfield. It’s just seeing if they can function better as a forward line as that is a massive concern.”