This has affected Duff in the past.
Huddersfield Town are looking for a former Championship manager to become their next manager, but they will only make the appointment under one condition.
The Terriers parted ways with Darren Moore shortly before the January transfer window closed. The former Sheffield Wednesday boss took over following Neil Warnock’s departure. He had saved them from relegation the season before, and Huddersfield eventually took a new course.
At the time of Moore’s dismissal, Town were 21st in the Championship standings, just three points above the drop zone. Since then, the club has gained valuable points. They defeated other relegation contenders and Moore’s previous side on Wednesday, extending their lead over some of the bottom-three teams.
A 5-3 loss against Southampton, combined with other league results, has left them only two points ahead of QPR in 22nd place.
After deciding to part ways with Moore, the club’s owner, Kevin Nagle, stated that the team is “quickly moving to identify the right person to lead them through a crucial period of the season.” They may have found their man in former Swansea City manager Michael Duff, but he must meet certain criteria in order to be considered.
Huddersfield will only appoint Michael Duff if he moves there.
Huddersfield would reportedly only make former Swansea manager Duff their next manager if he relocates to the area.
The 46-year-old is now located in South Wales and is a strong possibility to become the Terriers’ next manager, but his appointment is contingent on whether he agrees to relocate to Yorkshire, according to Alan Nixon via his Patreon.
Nagle is thought to want the future leader to live nearby. Duff allegedly met with the club twice, but he is not the only candidate. Nixon also stated that other contenders, including international coaches, may take the job over him.
Huddersfield are smart to request that the future manager live locally.
Of course, the Terriers’ top priority is survival. Being in the Championship for the 2024/25 season is the top priority, but they must also try to devise a long-term strategy for the team.
If a manager lives outside of town and must commute, it is logical to assume that they are not long-term committed to the club, which is exactly what Huddersfield needs. Even if they do lose, they need someone who will grow with them and help the team return to the Championship level.
As much as the choice to part ways with Warnock appears dumb now, they cannot continue to rely on short-term hits and form infusions. They require some stability, which may be achieved by hiring a manager who is fully devoted to the project that comes with being the club’s manager. It’s unclear whether that person is Duff or someone else.