Man-management key for boss

Tuesday 12th February 2013 16:25

Mark Robins: Town target

Mark Robins: Town target

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FanZoner Jonathan Greaves looks at the vacant managerial hot-seat at Huddersfield and believes the new man needs good man-management skills.

Whoever the new boss of Town is he will have to give the current squad of players a huge confidence boost and carry on the good work done by caretakers Mark Lillis and Steve Eyre.

Town are now not shipping as many goals as they were under former boss Simon Grayson, but are finding it hard to find the net at the other end, scoring just five goals in their last 10 league games.

The most important factor the new manager of Huddersfield Town will need to bring to the club is man-management. Lee Clark had this in abundance but his tactical naivety and player swapping was his downfall. Grayson's man-management skills were limited, hence after getting Town promoted, then starting Championship life in terrific form, seemed to lose the dressing room as Town slumped to no wins in 13 matches.

If Town are to remain in this division, they certainly would first and foremost need an instant spark of confidence, which usually happens when a new boss arrives.

The next few days will tell us "who's up for the challenge?"

Town have apparently approached Mark Robins to be their new manager. Robins is currently five months into his spell as manager of Coventry City, who from reports have rejected Town's offer of an approach. Robins has a more than decent record in management which includes spells at Rotherham, Barnsley and currently with Coventry. Robins did well at Rotherham, just missing out on promotion in his first season with the club going through financial troubles. His second season was even more impressive as Rotherham succumbed to a 17-point deduction, he again had them challenging for promotion.

At Barnsley, Robins kept them in the Championship for two seasons, and again he had to work under financial restraints, thus leaving his job when disagreeing with the board over transfer funds.

Robins is now currently with Coventry City, where he has lifted them from the depths of League One to near the play-off places. The question is though would Robins leave the Sky Blues after only five months?

If Robins doesn't take the Town job then who would be the other candidates?

If we were are going off the betting or from newspaper reports then the other candidates would be Wigan's assistant Graeme Jones, Manchestern United's Nicky Butt, Swindon's unsettled Paolo Di Canio and Falkirk's Stephen Pressley.

Early in the week Town set out a criteria for their new manager, which looked like questions that were going to be used in an interview, these were as follows:-

1). An acceptance to work to a budget at the lower end of the Championship

2). Have a track record developing young players

3). A genuine work ethic and drive to succeed, and a track record of winning matches.

Let's hope whoever it is they fit the bill and Town stay in the Championship.

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