Mark Robins says he was heartened by comments from the John Smith’s faithful as Huddersfield Town completed the traditional lap of the pitch after the final home Championship game of the season.
They’d just been beaten 2-0 by new champions Leicester, whose own followers enjoyed a post-match celebration after their team took their tally to 99 points.
“I had the chance to talk to some fans, and their comments were very encouraging,” said Robins, whose side are 17th going into their final game of the season at Watford on Saturday.
“In the main our supporters have stuck with us this season, and I think they understand what we are trying to do here.”
Robins is working to a carefully thought-out blueprint, both in terms of budget within Financial Fair Play and his patient, passing tactics.
“We are trying to play in a certain way because we believe it’s the right way forward,” he explained.
“We can’t just launch the ball forward, we will just get lost by doing that.
“We need to play out from the back, we need to give the players the confidence to do that, and the fans play a big part in that.
“The Championship is one of the most competitive leagues in Europe, and we have been up and down this season because of the way we have to go about our work and the way some of other clubs go about their work.
“We know we have to get better, but this is a starting point.”
With a dozen players out of contract, including skipper Peter Clarke, and both Jon Stead (Bradford) and Martin Paterson (Bristol City) out on loan, Robins is set to reshape his squad this summer.
“We’ve got a busy time ahead, and we’re ready for it” he said.
“We will recruit but some of it will come from spaces which are vacated, therefore freeing up some money.
“Clearly any players who come in have got to enhance what we are trying to do.”
Robins will also look to the club’s development system, with 17-year-old Philip Billing handed a debut from the bench against Leicester.
The inclusion of the Danish midfielder means Robins has used 30 different players this season.
He has also had deputy keeper Ian Bennett and versatile Matt Crooks on the bench without coming on.
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