Dean Hoyle has pledged to bring new players to Huddersfield Town his summer – but insists the current squad has underachieved in the Championship this season.
Mark Robins’s side, who lost 2-0 at home to title winners Leicester at the weekend and complete their fixtures with a trip to Watford on Saturday, are set to finish 17th, their current position, or 18th.
But owner-chairman Hoyle, among the riders who completed the fifth Pedal for Pounds Keep It Up campaign bike ride from Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium to Huddersfield, says he expected Town, who only sealed their second-tier survival a week ago, to be pushing for a top-10 finish.
“That’s a view which was reinforced by our performances and results during the early part of the season,” added Hoyle in his latest programme column.
“I believe the play-offs were a step too far this season, but I do not believe we are a bottom-six team.
“We have already started to evaluate the season and obviously questions will be asked and answers sought as to how we move forward.
“In terms of comparative spending power, we are always going to be up against it, but at the same time, that doesn’t prevent us from being ambitious and doing things in a different way.
“Everyone at the club understands the need to strengthen the playing side and that will be done.
“We have quite a few players out of contract and that will allow us to freshen things up.
“But I don’t believe there is a need for wholesale changes. The key is to get the right people in the right positions.”
Manager Robins said: “We have a busy summer in store.
“We have got to bring in players who can enhance what we are trying to do here.
“I believe we have made progress, but we also know we have to get better.”
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