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Darren Moore speaks for the first time on becoming new Huddersfield manager

Darren Moore speaks for the first time on becoming the new manager of Huddersfield Town, coming in to replace Neil Warnock.

The 49-year-old will be in charge of the Terriers with Warnock stepping down following Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Stoke.

Moore guided Sheffield Wednesday to promotion from League One in the summer, but surprisingly left by mutual consent.

Moore brings in assistant manager Jamie Smith, first team coach Jimmy Shan, set-piece coach Simon Ireland, and goalkeeping coach Adriano Basso to his staff at the John Smith’s Stadium ahead of Monday’s game away to Coventry City, which is live on Sky Sports.

SEE MORE: Darren Moore makes admission on why he left Sheffield Wednesday in fresh interview

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Darren Moore announced as new Huddersfield Town Manager

– Darren Moore becomes Huddersfield Town Manager
– Comments from CEO Jake Edwards and Sporting Director Mark Cartwright
– Moore to be in charge vs Coventry City on Monday

We’re delighted to welcome Darren Moore to Huddersfield Town as our new Manager!

Darren, 49, was the standout first choice following an extensive recruitment process led by Chief Executive Jake Edwards and Sporting Director Mark Cartwright.

He joins Town on the back of a successful promotion campaign with Sheffield Wednesday last season, adding to his managerial experience in the Premier League and Sky Bet Championship with West Bromwich Albion and successful time in charge of Doncaster Rovers.

Before his coaching and managerial career, Darren enjoyed four promotions out of the Sky Bet Championship and played extensively in the top two divisions, making a massive 670 appearances in English football, and playing internationally for Jamaica.

Darren is joined by his technical staff; Assistant Manager Jamie Smith, First Team Coach Jimmy Shan, Set Piece Coach Simon Ireland, and Goalkeeping Coach Adriano Basso.

Darren and his team will take First Team training for the first time at the Millers Oils High Performance Complex on Saturday as we prepare for Monday’s Sky Bet Championship game at Coventry City, which will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

He will make his first public appearance as Town Manager in a press conference at 1pm on Friday, which will be streamed live on our YouTube channel.

Huddersfield Town Chief Executive Jake Edwards commented:

“We’re proud to have secured the services of Darren.

“A lot of time, effort and analysis went into making sure we found the right manager for this club, and Darren emerged as the standout candidate to help us achieve our short-term objective of stability and longer-term vision of growth and development.

“Darren has a track record of success as a player at this level, but more importantly as a manager. He has gone into clubs and revolutionised cultures into winning ones on the back of real challenges like relegation. He turned things around at West Bromwich Albion and Doncaster Rovers to make them into promotion contenders and steered Sheffield Wednesday back into the Sky Bet Championship last season.

“Immediately, Darren’s appointment allows us to build on the platform that has been created here throughout pre-season and the opening two months in the Sky Bet Championship, which is clearly of the utmost importance. We’ve studied how Darren’s teams perform and spoken to him at length about how he wants his side to play, and he’s a good fit for our current squad.

“Everyone who has come across Darren can speak to his character in terms of how engaging he is, his ability to motivate players and create a winning culture, and his strength of character and resolve. He’s a very collaborative worker and I’m sure his appointment, and that of his team, will be a great fit with the talented staff we already have here.

“Having spent considerable time with him discussing this opportunity, I know how strongly he wants to return to managing in the Premier League, and he believes we can achieve that here together. I’m extremely excited about working with him during the coming months and years.”

Huddersfield Town’s Sporting Director Mark Cartwright explained:

“We were very clear in the skillsets 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.

“The ability to manage a squad was also of paramount importance. Darren’s track record of growing, developing, and improving squads through a joined-up strategy of player recruitment and working with talented young players is perfect for us over the longer term.

“We’ve got a great platform to build from here, and I’m excited to work closely with Darren and his team to build on those foundations.”

Darren Moore speaks for the first time on becoming new Huddersfield manager, saying in his press conference, as per YorkshireLive: “It’s a great club and I’ve always been competing against them but I’ve always had a great feeling for Huddersfield Town. After meeting with everyone I had a great feeling, it really energised me, it was a perfect fit and really energised me. It was too good an opportunity to turn down.

“I’m the manager of the football club, and working at clubs I always endeavour to try and improve the club. I’m no different here. Huddersfield Town get me (and my efforts) on and off the field, the fans get me, the community get me. I’m really energised by the work there is here.

“It’s not a light switch you switch on and off, it is a process, but I’m really excited to get to work.

“For me, the questions were answered already when we spoke. We were expressing the desires we had in our heart and how we saw the club and our careers, and it aligned perfectly. It was the perfect fit in terms of hte position of the club, the position and focus of the club and the staff, and looking to move forward.

“It’s an honour for me to manage this wonderful football club and I’m looking forward to starting to work with the squad tomorrow and get on the grass with them.

“I like what i see. I can’t wait to see them tomorrow. There’s youth, there’s experiences, there’s good, different dynamics in the team. I’m really looking forward to meeting them and learning their personalities to go with what wonderful players they are. As a manager my job is to improve them all. We will look at it and think how best to improve them and we’ll never shirk from the work. We’ll work with them day in day out over the weeks and months ahead.”

On transfer budget/plans, he replied: “For me for now it is about working within the squad. They’re a talented group and I’m looking forward to working with them. We’ll make an assessment and go from there but for now, from me, we want to improve them as a group.”

On Coventry: “There isn’t a lot of time to work with them but confidence should be good and I think they should be in a good place, having been a player myself. They’ve had a good few results together, so as much as me helping them they’ll be helping me in terms of the feeling around the group.”

On replacing Neil Warnock: “I played for Neil at Torquay. What he’s done here is magnificent. If I can do half of what he’s done over my career I’m on the right track. He’s done an incredible job in football and I’m energised to be taking it on from him. I wish him all the best, I’m sure he’ll be back somewhere soon, and later on I’ll be giving him a call and see how he’s getting on.”

Jake Edwards: “After the heroics of last season Neil agreed to a short-term deal to set a foundation for the longer-tem appointment. He’s done that expertly and allowed us to transition into the new ownership and new staff, and for us to set our goals to move forward. We’ve been putting pieces in place and identifying what we needed on and off the field.

“We wanted to do this from a position of strength and the right person was available, so the timing was right.

“He’s on a multi-year deal, three year contract.

“Neil had a great send-off fitting what we did for the football club and I can’t speak highly enough of what he and Ronnie achieved. We thank them for what they’ve done and the foundation they’ve left in place for Darren and his team to pick up. They delivered everything we asked and then some and transitioned the club through a very difficult period of time for us and we’re very grateful for that.

“We initiated the process to find his replacement when we felt the time was right and left it to Neil somewhat to say when he would go, and he picked Stoke as his final game.

“This is the first step, really, to get the manager who we think can help us build on the foundation we have and start building towards being a contender to move up.

“Off the field, we have a lot of work to do to make sure that when we achieve that, we’re in a position to sustain it. That’s been the issue facing the club in previous years.”

Moore said about what he liked about Huddersfield: “As a club, I see a wonderful club and a huge town, a passionate town who want to connect with the team.

“On the pitch, I see a group of players who excite me with some wow moments in there and some matchwinners, and some experienced players in with some young players who want to come through and take the club forward. Over the coming days and weeks we’ll assess it and see where we are.

“I don’t want to come in with concrete ideas. I know the players will show us different things on the training pitch to maybe what we’ve seen from the outside. I want to get to know the players and what makes them tick, and I’m looking forward to them showing me things that I may not have been able to see from the outside.”

On a point to prove after Sheffield Wednesday, Moore said: “Today is about Huddersfield Town and I’m just really excited to be here and get out on the trianing pitch tomorrow. We really want to get on the pitch with the players tomorrow.

“I don’t take anything for granted. It’s about the hard work and the progressive nature of how we work and building the blocks. You’re not in this journey alone, we’re all in it together. I’ve been embraced by the staff here, people around the club, and I can’t wait to embrace the supporters and the team. As a club we’re as one, and we want to be progressive and go forward.

“Since I was a player and then into my managerial career, I’ve always wanted to have no regrets and you do that by maximising every opportunity you get. It’s an honour to be sitting here at Huddersfield Town football club.”

You can see more of Moore and Town chief executive Jake Edwards said by clicking HERE.

This is how fans reacted as Darren Moore speaks for the first time on becoming the new Huddersfield manager…

@andymortby: I’m not giddy about the appointment but I like him, let’s keep progressing #htafc

@Lambypie_: Moore came across really well in his press conference interview, genuinely looks happy to be with us. #htafc

@365AthleticFC: He’s actually unhateable. He could lose the next 10 games and I wouldn’t even hate him #htafc

@davegurd33: Good luck Darren! Wish you were still with us but appreciate all you did for Wednesday. @swfc‘s loss is Huddersfield’s gain. All the best….. apart from against Wednesday obviously 😆

@WillOnYT: I mean… at least it’s better than fotheringham

@AllLoveLeeds: That’s a cracking appointment. Good luck Darren except against Leeds!

@Chezricho: Best of luck Darren, deserved a shot in Championship with us, thank you for the most memorable night at Hillsborough in my 38 years of supporting Wednesday, will always be in my memory 🦉💙🤍

@GraemeWalton7: Good luck to the bloke, but despite Jake Edward’s ****fest over him, his record in the Championship is not great. Sacked Warnock to bring in Darren Moore? Defies logic, but Town are often illogical. However as a Town fan , I hope he brings success.

@Steve_Bee21: No hate here or negativity let’s see what you can do Daz! 🔵⚪️ #htafc

@Lizrickett: Good luck Darren – you will be fantastic and SWFC fans will always be so grateful (and and sorry you left 😭) #htafc you have a wonderful manager and person. He will be an asset.

@divadawni: Welcome to the terriers Darren , looking forward to seeing what you can do 💙🤍💙🤍

@TThrostle: Collecting EFL teams that play in Blue & White 🤣 good luck Darren 💙🤍

@nattasswfc: Gave me the best night watching football, ever. That Peterborough 2nd leg was something else so much of it was down to his motivation and belief he instilled in the players. Good luck, Darren 🦉

@lukestokes84: If you want a man that makes you proud builds respect becomes an ambassador for the club and game, and is a great professional, then you have him. Added to that his ability to inspire and build a team he should be a great appointment. A baggies legend for me! Good luck big Dave

@FelixMitchell1; lets go darren lad, welcome to the other blue and white side of yorkshire, i will be behind you, but blimey if we win please crack a smile will ya, lets start by beating cov on monday UTT! 💙🤍

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