With Huddersfield losing 4-0 to Bournemouth on the opening day, looking set to lose star man Adam Clayton and manager Mark Robins leaving the club all in the past few days, it is not looking good for Huddersfield Town fans.
Here we take a look at the potential managerial appointments that could join up with Huddersfield and fill the first managerial vacancy of the season.
Malky Mackay – 16/1
There’s an outside chance of the former Cardiff manager joining up with Huddersfield Town however it may not be as unlikely as it seems. With Mackay keen to return to management following his escapades with the Welsh club, his impressive managerial portfolio is certainly one that could attract Town towards securing his services.
With a strong squad at his disposal, Malky could be tempted by the challenge of getting the West-Yorkshire club into the Premier League and if he did, he would be sure to enjoy it more than last time.
Neil Lennon – 6/1
The former Celtic manager was expected to make a sooner return to management than he has done since leaving the Scottish giants and Huddersfield could be an ideal opportunity to work his way back into football.
The manager who guided Celtic to three successive league titles including an impressive campaign in which the club finished top of the table, losing twice all season in the league, left the club back in May and has made no bones about the fact he is seeking pastures new.
When appearing on Goals on Sunday on Sunday he quoted to Sky Sports “I’ve had a nice break and I feel I’ve got a lot to offer – I’ve been pretty successful at Celtic, so I’m looking for a new challenge now. Where that takes me I don’t know. I’d have no hesitation in working in the Championship.”
With Robins’ departure coming at the right time, the free spot at Huddersfield could come across as the ideal managerial vacancy for Lennon.
Brian McDermott – 14/1
Since parting company with Leeds, Brian McDermott has remained quiet on the scene. With Huddersfield simply down the motorway from his former employers, it could be a sensible route back into management.
McDermott lead Reading to the Play-Off final back in 2011 and into the Premier League the season after for a one year stint in which he did not make the full season after being sacked in March.
Since getting the sack at Reading, McDermott took the hot seat at Leeds United after replacing Neil Warnock.
His first and only full season at Leeds United was a colorful season to say the least in which he saw himself guide the club to a 15th place finish, one which Leeds fans were disappointed with in a year where matters off the field overshadowed what took place on the field. This saw a crazy week take place in January where Massimo Cellino, looking set to take over the club, put former Middlesbrough defender Gianluca Festa sit in the dugout for a draw against Ipswich.
On the Friday, McDermott was sacked and seemingly booted out of the club seeing his assistant take charge for a game against Huddersfield Town where Leeds won 5-1 before McDermott being reappointed on Monday when claims came out that he never was sacked in the first place.
Since being replaced at Leeds by Dave Hockaday, McDermott wants another job in football management and as a man who possesses such thick skin, taking over at Huddersfield would not phase him.
Neil Warnock 10/1
Warnock, another former Leeds United and Sheffield Unied manager looks like he could be in with a shout of returning to Huddersfield, a club in which he managed at Leeds Road back in 1993 through to 1995.
During his time with the club, he managed to secure promotion for Huddersfield but in a sudden U-Turn, left the club days later to take over at Plymouth Argyle in what was one of football’s maddest decisions.
Warnock has enjoyed a largely successful managerial career and has recent success in getting club’s into the Premier League. With the damage not yet done at Hudds, there’s plenty of time to turn what is a very good side on paper, into a potential top-flight one. Warnock would relish the opportunity.
Steve Thompson – 12/1
Huddersfield’s caretaker manager has been also expected to take the job by some punters. With him being Mark Robins’ assistant, a successful spell as caretaker could easily see him take the job on a permanent basis with him already settled into his surroundings. Thompson has had caretaker spells on two occasions at Blackpool and now faces a real task on his hands with a flurry of fixtures coming up in the next few weeks.
If he is to make an impression to land the job, he has to do it quickly and has to make sure he does it right.
Owen Coyle – 20/1
The former Burnley, Bolton and Wigan boss could be looking to add Huddersfield to his managerial CV and remains as an outsider to get the job. The Scotsman has managed across the Championship and Premier League, taking Burnley to the Prem before joining up with Bolton who he relegated after 2 seasons at the club. He then took over at Wigan after Roberto Martinez left to Everton and saw himself lose his job on the 2nd of December when he parted company with the club.
Coyle may now be looking for a new job and with a free post at Huddersfield, it could well be an ideal opportunity for him to work his way back into the managerial market.
Steven Pressley 2/1
Coventry’s manager is one of the favourites to take over as Huddersfield boss. The Coventry Telegraph reports that Dean Hoyle has earmarked Pressley as a prime candidate to take over at the John Smith’s Stadium. With Huddersfield’s chairman originally taking Robins from Coventry, he is apparently likely to follow suit with the recruitment of Steven Pressley by leading him along to the West-Yorkshire club.
Lee Clark 33/1
Most Town fans are doubtful over the re-appointment of Clark however the ex-Town gaffer could return to his old club to help save them from what already appears set to be a season of turmoil.
Last season, Clark completed the seemingly impossible task of keeping Birmingham up last season in the 93rd minute of time with Paul Caddis finding the goal however he may not want to put himself through another season of torment at St Andrews.
With Huddersfield possessing striking quality in the ranks of Nahki Wells and James Vaughan, if he took over he would surely be looking to recapture the form in his strikers that his Rhodes-Novak partnership had when he was last in West-Yorkshire. With him proving to be highly successful back at the terriers, he will need to bring success back to the club and quickly if given the job as most Town fans seem highly pessimistic about their chances this season after a 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth alongside Robins’ sacking compounded their misery. With only 2 wins in 22 for Huddersfield, Clark would have to bring 3 points home fast to win over the fans again.
After play-off consistency with the terriers and holding a Football League record of 43 unbeaten games, Clarke may want to return as quickly as possible to his former employers.