Writer: Joe Brown
Date:Thursday April 10 2008
Huddersfield Town chairman Ken Davy will hand over control of the club to local businessman Dean Hoyle at the end of next season.
Mr Hoyle is the man behind the £110m-turnover card factory,
one of the UK's largest retail operations, and is a long term supporter of the Terriers.
Ken Davy, 'Dean made a very supportive and confidential approach to the Club in January and I am delighted that our discussions have resulted in him now joining the Board.
'We both believe that Huddersfield Town has great potential to move forward and that our combined resources will give the Club a unique opportunity to progress in the Centenary Season and beyond.
'Dean will immediately be appointed Chairman Elect of the Club and will take over the Chairmanship at the end of the Centenary Season. Dean will be injecting significant funds into the Club alongside myself. This promises to be a fruitful and exciting partnership for Huddersfield Town.
'One of the first benefits of our combined strength for the supporters will be the season ticket packages which will be announced on Saturday 12 April.'
Mr Hoyle, who is aged 40, has supported Huddersfield Town for over 30 years.
Commenting on his appointment to the Board Mr Hoyle said,
'Becoming Chairman Elect of Huddersfield Town is both a great privilege and an exciting opportunity. I am very optimistic about the future of Huddersfield Town. I share Ken Davy's determination to see the Club progress and being able to combine our investments in Huddersfield Town will deliver real benefits to the Club and its supporters.
'Ken and I have agreed to jointly fund the growth of Huddersfield Town and believe that the extra investment that this will give us for the playing budget and other aspects of the Club will give us a real opportunity to achieve our key goal of promotion to the Championship.
"I want to play a part in bringing the excitement back to the club - to see a Town team playing aggressive, attacking football - and I firmly believe the Marcus Stewart situation (when the club`s leading scorer was sold to a major rival) should never be repeated.
Davy will continue in his role until the Terriers have completed their centenary celebrations and will then transfer ownership.
Davy will retain a minority shareholding in the club.
Vital view - It all sounds very good, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating, but with a new manager and new chairman, it would appear that next season will not be like this last one, either for good or ill.
Any views, this may have a big impact on the terriers future.
Date:Thursday April 10 2008
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