WHILE we are battling to get away from the bottom of the Championship table, no-one should go and push the panic button.
There are 13 matches left in this campaign and we have to realise that the fight for survival is probably going to go right down to the wire for a lot of clubs.
Obviously we are hoping that we aren’t involved when it comes to the last throes of the season, but the only thing that matters when the final whistle is blown against Barnsley on May 4, is that we are still a Championship club.
There is a lot of football to be played between now and then and, as the Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones rightly pointed out, and awful lot of clubs have already been drawn into the scramble for points.
Having got the draw against Ipswich on Saturday as a boost, everyone is looking forward to travelling the short distance over the Burnley and trying to turn them over.
There are going to be weeks when we win and our rivals lose, and others where the opposite scenario is the case, and the key thing is not to get too carried away whichever way the results go.
I think Mark Robins described it as a ‘whirlwind’ since he came into the club and, to be fair, he hasn’t had very long at all to work with the players on the training ground and get them prepared for the matches we’ve had in that time.
He would probably love a full week to get everyone together and make a few points which he could drill home over several days, but at this stage of the season you don’t get that chance and, after tomorrow at Burnley and Saturday at Brighton, we have another Tuesday night of action against Middlesbrough here at the John Smith’s Stadium on March 5.
My own belief is that our quality will show itself again in the closing weeks of the season.
We had a magnificent start to the campaign, when our squad showed they were capable of competing with a beating some of the best teams in the division.
That quality is still here and, indeed, has been added to with the welcome return of Theo Robinson to the ranks, and once we have secured our safety, Mark will be able to apply fresh focus to the job in hand here and really put his own stamp on what he wants.
OUR Early Kick-off Breakfast Clubs have proved a fantastic success since they were launched last year.
And I am delighted to be able to say we are launching four more through the Huddersfield Town Foundation between now and the middle of April.
The first of the new ones will be at Spring Grove school tomorrow morning and, by the time we get to April, we will have included children from nine different schools.
The breakfast clubs provide a nice healthy start to the day for the youngsters, with cereals, fresh fruit, juices, toast and the like being provided by the foundation.
All the clubs have been welcomed and enjoyed so far and it’s remarkable that since last November, we have served up 7,500 complimentary breakfasts.
That’s a phenomenal amount of good healthy food we’ve distributed and served up, and the whole concept of getting kids together to have their breakfast – and get used to eating at the table with other people – has provided so many benefits for them.
We’ve heard that confidence among the youngsters has increased beyond measure, many of them have shown much improved attention during classes and it’s been reported that behaviour has also improved on the back of being involved in our Early Kick-off schemes.
The effect overall seems to have been hugely positive and long may that continue.
By the way, we will be having a foundation awareness match at the stadium in the not too distant future, and the kids who have been in the Breakfast Clubs will be given free tickets to come and watch Town.
IT’S brilliant to have Mark Lillis joining our group in Pedal for Pounds 4.
As our Academy Manager he is eager to do his bit to raise money for them and for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and he’s already been in the gym to try and make sure he’s ready for the physical test!
And, by the way, if anyone can lend Mark a bike for the trip around our county, then I’m sure he would be glad to hear from them.
We had 280 riders last year and it looks like we will have a few more than that this time, which is a remarkable effort and shows how much people care about two great causes.
With it being centred in Yorkshire, quite a few of the YAA staff have signed up as far as I know and if anyone else wants to get involved, even at this stage, I’m sure we wouldn’t turn them away.
All you have to do is contact Robyn Deegan at the club.