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Nigel Clibbens leaves Huddersfield Town: Hear from HTAFC writer Doug Thomson on what this could mean

Town writer Doug Thomson gives his verdict on the departure of Nigel Clibbens

Nigel Clibbens has been at the Huddersfield Town helm through a period of change – and progress.

The departing chief executive has been alongside Dean Hoyle pretty much ever since he bought into the club.

A highly capable accountant with an in-depth knowledge of the financing of football clubs, he assisted Hoyle when he made his initial investment in Town, taking over the reins from Ken Davy.

He became chief executive in December 2008, when Town were mid-table in League I.

Working closely with Hoyle, he worked to push the club forward in a sustainable fashion.

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That much sought-after promotion to the Championship was finally achieved via a memorable play-off final trip to Wembley in 2012.

Responsible for the day-to-day running of the club, he helped in the development of the PPG Canalside training complex.

He was also at the hub of negotiations when Town were involved in club-record transfers, with Jordan Rhodes joining Blackburn Rovers for £8m and Nahki Wells arriving from Bradford City for £1.3m.

Wakefield-based Clibbens, also a keen cricket fan, became part of a new-look team running the club when Town appointed their first football operations specialist in Ross Wilson, who has since been followed by Stuart Webber.

He was also a part of the Football League’s introduction of Financial Fair Play.


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