WE WANT LONG PREMIER LEAGUE FUTURE BUT WE HAVE TO DO IT IN OUR OWN WAY – DEAN HOYLE
We’ve had a very difficult start. Chelsea we had a good first half, Manchester City was one to forget and Cardiff was always going to be a difficult task against Neil (Warnock).
I was disappointed we didn’t get three points but relieved after 90 minutes to get one, because of the sending off of Jonathan Hogg.
At the time I thought it was two points dropped but, on reflection, it was a point gained, and every point in the Premier League is a golden point.
What David (Wagner) is very good at, however, is drawing a line in the sand and moving on, and everyone is working relentlessly behind the scenes for the success of Huddersfield Town.
We got a very good performance at Everton which bodes well. It gave everyone in the club a lift. In our time under David, when a performance is needed our coaching team deliver - not all the time but more often than not. That’s quality. matches than you are in the Championship, because the quality of the opposition is starkly different.
What you have to remember is what you have as a unit.
At Huddersfield Town we are absolutely one solid unit from top to bottom left to right.
That includes the fans, we are always one.
The reason we were successful last season is that we all stood together through thick and thin.
The fans played a huge part. We kept talking about the 12th man and they were the 12th man - nailed on.
If it wasn’t for them being so with us, all together, as a unit, would we have stayed up? Possibly, but maybe not. They got us, I believe, over that line by creating a fantastic home atmosphere.
So this season we have to have that as a standard.
It has to be a given as we push forward.
If the fans start splitting, which they are not, but if they start splitting and we have a slight leak in our team, a dripping tap, then it is going to make our life a lot harder. So we are one. I am fully behind everything, the fans are, the team are – the atmosphere in the dressing room is absolutely solid.
We need to keep that water-tight unity going forward.
We are now competing on the world stage among some incredibly good talent.
Let’s be clear, we are not in the market for established Premier League players - firstly because we don’t want journeymen and secondly because we can’t afford the astronomical wages these guys demand.
We have a really competitive wage bill and, should the worst happen, we don’t want to see the same happen to us as what happened to Bradford City or Leeds United (for example).
In the window, we knew we needed pace on the wings, and we got it. Terence Kongolo was also a huge statement for the club and we managed to sign Erik Durm, a World Cup winner, to play either full-back.
We are buying talent – players who excite us – and we can give them a platform to be superstars in the Premier League.
That’s how we attract them and, when the time is right, we will allow them to move on hopefully for a lot more money.
We believe with David and our coaches we can develop players.
David is committed to the football club and he always wanted to stay, but we had to make it right for him.