Huddersfield Town manager Danny Cowley has stated that he won’t force anyone to return to training.
The Terriers are due to return to social distanced training on Monday, despite no definite date for a restart of the Championship campaign.
Huddersfield are still deep in a relegation battle despite climbing further to safety before the lockdown was enforced and the season was halted. The club sit just three points off the relegation zone with only nine games of the campaign left.
Cowley will be hoping to have as many as his players as possible available for the return to training but still understands the anxiety surrounding coming back in groups and has insisted he won’t pressure any of his squad to return.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Post, Cowley said: “Some live with members of their family who are vulnerable. Some have new-born babies.
“I will not put any pressure on anyone to return. I totally respect there will be anxiety. It would be naive to think otherwise.”
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It’s good to hear that a manager understands the human side of his players and that he realises that they’re not robots and can also suffer during this period of self-isolation.
Cowley will obviously want as many of his squad in training as possible, but he’s absolutely right when he says there’s no rush as he shouldn’t force his players back.
His man management has always been admired, and the players will like hearing that he has their best interests at heart not just on the pitch but also off it.
He’ll be hoping that when/if the season does return, his side can try and secure their status in the Championship for another season.