Assistant manager Steve Thompson has promised fans Huddersfield Town will adopt a bold approach to every aspect of their Championship challenge this season.
The 49-year-old has been impressed with what he’s seen of the PPG Canalside squad so far and is desperate to help manager Mark Robins press all the right buttons from August 9 onwards.
Thompson, whose 20 years of midfield playing experience included 335 games for Bolton Wanderers and more than 100 for both Leicester City and Rotherham United, believes Town have the capability to push at the right end of the table in 2014-15.
“We have a fantastic set-up here and, while we are under no illusions the Championship is going to be very difficult again, we also have some fantastic talent on the books,” said Thompson.
“I’m looking forward to coaching the squad individually, collectively and also trying to help our young players come through by passing on what experience I can.
“There will be ups and downs, but having talked at length with the gaffer about what happened last season, we know we need to produce consistency.
“That’s going to mean grinding out some results at times against good-quality opposition.
“There are some big names in our division with big-name players in their starting line-ups, but that means nothing when you are out on the pitch.
“We will need to work hard – which is an absolute basic – and we need to be determined to emphasise to our opposition just how good we are, and take games to the other teams.”
Thompson says the ongoing training camp in Portugal will form an important part of Town’s preparation for the opening game against Bournemouth at the John Smith’s.
“It gives us the chance to get everyone together 24/7 and look at different shapes, different personnel and different positions,” he explained.
“There are a couple of matches (Town face fellow tourists Doncaster tomorrow and Algarve side SC Portimonense in Albufeira on Saturday) and we will be able to get two and three good sessions in each day, so it’s a fantastic environment and we are going out there to make the most of it.”
Delighted to be back on the training pitch after his move to join Robins’ staff alongside coach Steve Eyre, Thompson feels he has joined a progressive set-up.
“There is a fantastic chairman here who backs the manager, and having spoken to Mark many times over the last few weeks, he is desperate to get success for Huddersfield Town and that’s exactly how I feel,” explained Thompson.
“I was disappointed to get the sack from Blackpool, but we had three Wembley appearances there (for the League I play-off final of 2007 amd Championship play-off finals of 2010 and 12 and I know what it takes to get out of this division.”
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