The ‘one of the best’ manager Darren Moore explains to the Huddersfield Town players what to anticipate.

Huddersfield Town players told first-hand what to expect from ‘one of the best’ Darren Moore
The new Terriers manager went through some tough patches during his time at Hillsborough but his players felt that his eventual Wembley triumph in May was no less than he deserved

Terriers players should take heed of Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Barry Bannan if they are looking to get a sense of what to expect from new manager Darren Moore once he arrives to take charge of his first training session on Saturday.

The newly-arrived Huddersfield Town gaffer will be unveiled to the media at a press conference at the Millers Oils High Performance Complex at 1pm on Friday afternoon, then get down to business on the training pitch over the weekend as he prepares his squad for Monday evening’s trip to face Coventry City.

Moore departed Sheffield Wednesday in the summer less than a month after leading them to a dramatic play-off victory. The Owls first had to overcome a four-goal deficit from the first leg of their semi-final against Peterborough, then beat Barnsley deep, deep into extra time off as Josh Windass broke Barnsley hearts with effectively the last kick of the game.

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Bannan said immediately after Sheffield Wednesday’s play-off triumph in May: “The gaffer has been through a lot in the last eight weeks. We were in first place in the league and he was the best manager in the world.


“Everyone loved him and said he was doing an amazing job. But after a sticky patch he got hammered. Kicked from pillar to post. And then he got racist abuse. He’s a big, strong man. But it doesn’t matter how strong you are when things like that happen. It affects you. I’ve had things said about me as well, so I know. Everyone says they don’t see it but they do.

“It must have been a hard time for him, especially the week leading up to the second leg against Peterborough. Some of the stick that we took was crazy. So when I talked to the players in the dressing-room afterwards that was just a bit of emotion coming out after the game. I wanted to do it for the gaffer and felt that it was the right time to say it. Hopefully, it showed our togetherness and unity as a group at Wednesday.


“Away from management completely, as a person, the gaffer is one of the nicest guys you’ll meet in football. He’s big on speaking about how you’re doing in life, mentally, in terms of your family, and things away from the game.

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“He’s huge on that. You can go to him with anything and he’ll always open his door to speak to you. He’s one of the best people I’ve ever come across in football. So for him to be the leader of what we achieved that night, it was brilliant to see. He deserved it.”

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