Huddersfield Town feeling good as takeover talks continue

AFTER a difficult past few years for Huddersfield Town, Saturday’s FA Cup triumph at Premier League outfit Burnley felt like a special moment – and a significant one.

Get in: Huddersfield 
Town's Josh Koroma makes it 1-1 against Burnley.
Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Get in: Huddersfield Town's Josh Koroma makes it 1-1 against Burnley. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

The new year has started well and with genuine optimism for the Terriers which does not look to be misplaced.

On the pitch, Carlos Corberan’s side are sitting in the Championship play-off positions, while their 2-1 Roses success at Turf Moor – their first win in the cup in almost four years – extended their unbeaten sequence to seven matches in all competitions.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

Off it, the club are in advanced talks with former Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans about a takeover.

Town majority shareholder Phil Hodgkinson - who holds a 75 per cent stake - has been absent from the club since November after several of his businesses entered administration.

Last month, former chairman Dean Hoyle - who retains a 25 per cent stake - took over as chief executive on an interim basis following the departure of Mark Devlin.

Hoyle has been involved with the day-to-day running of the club for the past two months and reports suggest that he will remain if the Evans takeover goes through

Head coach Corberan admitted that the comeback victory at Burnley - with two goals in the final 16 minutes from Josh Koroma and Matty Pearson - left him feeling happy for the fans.

But the Spaniard, an intense and demanding individual, plainly wants more from his players and many more stellar moments.

He said: “It’s special to have seven games without losing. It tells us that the players are competing really well and I want to see that continue.

“The fans were pushing us all the way and helping us to keep going. It felt like we were playing at home and we want to give more special moments to our fans.”

The 69th-minute introduction of Sorba Thomas proved decisive, with the winger setting up both goals.

On his devastating cameo, Thomas said: “For me, it was about coming on and making a difference.

“The team was mixed and matched. A lot of boys needed to get minutes and you could see that the squad depth that we have got is unbelievable.

“In the FA Cup, there are always underdogs and we were one, even though we are doing well in the league. The underdog prevailed. It is a moment for the fans.”