The Nigel Clibbens story ...

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BORN IN Wakefield, Nigel Clibbens had spent the best part of two decades as a chartered accountant when the invitation came to join Huddersfield Town as chief executive.

Dean Hoyle, then part owner of the club, was behind the offer in January, 2009, and Clibbens had little hesitation in accepting.

“Dean hadn’t been involved in a football club before,” recalls the 47-year-old, “I hadn’t been a director but we just got on with it.”

He joined Town after 10 years at Grant Thornton. A graduate of Lancaster and York Universities, he had previously worked for Pricewaterhouse Coopers.