Huddersfield Town need to stop wasting time and appoint Nigel Adkins

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 04 September 2019, 14:57

When Huddersfield announced their decision to sack Jan Siewert last month Nigel Adkins was initially installed as one of the early favourites for the job.

Fast-forward nearly three weeks and the former Hull manager has just become the fifth different boss to be installed as the odds-on favourite for the Championship vacancy after the Terriers suffered rejection at the hands of Danny Cowley, despite the club agreeing on a compensation fee with Lincoln City.

Prior to Cowley, Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel had been propelled to the summit of the next Huddersfield market. Last week Lee Bowyer's odds were shredded, and prior to that Hannes Wolf, Chris Hughton and Phil Parkinson had all been hotly linked with the Championship strugglers.

Whether Adkins’ movement in the market is a result of a big bet or something more substantial is not yet known. The disappointment of failing to lure over Cowley is understandable but given the club’s current struggles,  appointing Adkins - aka the most positive manager in the game today - would be considered a real managerial coup.

After all, Adkins is a physio-turned-manager who in his first managerial post won promotion with Scunthorpe, then went on to lead Southampton to successive promotions from League One up to the Premier League.

His following posts at Reading and Sheffield United didn’t quite go to plan, however Adkins bounced back and won numerous plaudits for his credible work at Hull, with whom he saved from relegation then steered to 13th in the Championship last season despite a lack of finances and a flurry of off-field issues.

Adkins’ infectious positivity, affable nature, knowledge of the second-tier and track record of performing in difficult circumstances would be most welcome at Huddersfield, who have failed to win in 17 league and cup matches dating back to February, during which the club suffered relegation down to the Championship.

Adkins, who left Hull in the summer due to ‘contractual terms’, is without a club at the moment so Huddersfield wouldn’t have to splash the cash on compensation.

Meanwhile, it’s worth noting that he’s previously worked with David Webb - at Southampton - who was recently appointed Huddersfield’s new Head of Football Operations.

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