ARCHIVE – Interview with Dean Hoyle of Huddersfield Town

The 2019/20 football season has finally come to an end for many sides in The Championship. With Covid-19 playing it’s part, this campaign has dragged on further in to the summer than we’re used to. But now, for many it’s time to take stock of what they have achieved.

For Huddersfield Town, this was their first season back at this level after a couple of years in the division above, The Premier League.

The fans had hoped their side would push on and bounce back. But that wasn’t to be.

The Premier League had been rather cruel to The Terriers. Their two seasons in the top flight started well, but had seen a steady decline. The first season saw them cling on to their top flight status – not something they could achieve two seasons in a row.

So, the 2019/20 season came with a few new faces in the playing squad and young German manager Jan Siewert still at the helm.

The early games turned out to be a struggle, and Siewert soon departed. He was replaced by Danny and Nicky Cowley, a managerial duo with an incredible reputation for success. They were tempted to Town from Lincoln City and were tasked with keeping their new charges clear of relegation at the end of the season.

They managed to complete their task with a game to spare. But that wasn’t enough. They departed before the final game of the season, knowing they had succeeded in their task, but with a likely sense of wonder as to whether taking the job in the first place had been the right move in hindsight.

Looking back

Before all of the events above came Huddersfield promotion to the Premier League. The 2016/17 season saw German Head Coach David Wagner in charge. The former USA international came to the club as something of an unknown.

He joined mid way through the previous season and had got the fans excited with fast flowing football and talk of the club having an “identity”.

The promotion season started with a win and a draw, and ahead of the third game of a the season, an away trip to newly relegated Aston Villa, I spoke with the owner.

Dean Hoyle had owned the club for some time at this point. His hard work, and money, had provided The Terriers with the ability to compete at the Championship level. He was now hoping that the gamble of bringing in an unknown coach would pay off.

History would say it did.

But, as I spoke with Dean Hoyle for my Radio Yorkshire show, he could still only dream of what was to come…