Saturday 24 June 2017

Jackson has faith in Town

Former Huddersfield manager Peter Jackson cannot pick a winner from today's League One play-off semi-final first leg between his old club and Millwall, but is convinced the Terriers will reach the top flight "within five or six years".

Jackson steered Huddersfield to promotion via the League Two play-offs in 2004 and lost out to Andy Ritchie's Barnsley in the semi-finals of the League One play-offs two years later.

Town -- who take on Millwall at home in the first leg -- are now being bankrolled by millionaire businessman Dean Hoyle, who took control at the Galpharm Stadium in June 2009.

Hoyle's ambitions for Town match the size of his wallet -- he sold greetings card business the Card Factory for a reported £350m (€410m) last month -- and Jackson feels they are on a fast-track back to the big time.

Jackson said: "I've been very impressed with the chairman. I've met him several times and some-times wonder if we'd have had someone like him with the same drive and enthusiasm around when I was there, who knows where we would have ended up?

"He demands high standards from everybody and has big, big plans for the club. He's got the right manager in place. Lee Clark is a terrific young manager and he's got fantastic people around him, a big staff."

Huddersfield won six of their last eight league games to finish sixth and one of those victories was a home triumph over Millwall, who missed out on automatic promotion by one point to Leeds.

Irish Independent

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