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While the chance to make the step up to the Championship for the first time means that Danny Cowley’s appointment as manager of Huddersfield Town will surely be the most exciting of his career, the Terriers current situation means that it may also be one of the most he has ever taken on.
Despite only suffering relegation from the Premier League at the end of last season, Huddersfield have taken just a single point from their opening six games of the Championship season, leaving them 23rd in the early standings.
It is little surprise therefore that Cowley has already admitted that his new club are in a relegation battle this season, and the not so recent form of his side will surely be a concern for Cowley in that respect.
Dating back to the latter stages of the 2017/18 campaign – Huddersfield’s first season in the Premier League – the Terriers are currently on a run of just four wins from their last 54 league games, meaning this is a squad that is likely to be sorely lacking in the winning mentality required to survive and compete in this or any other.
But while restoring that mindset and ability that the Terriers will need to start claiming those elusive victories will be difficult, it will not be impossible, and to prove that is the case Cowley only needs to point his squad in the direction of a club he was set to face in League One this season, had he remained with Lincoln City.
Like Huddersfield in the Premier League last season, Ipswich Town spent last season enduring a dismal relegation, dropping out into the Championship without any sort of fight whatsoever.
While the Terriers picked up three wins and scored 22 goals in their 38 league games, Ipswich tasted victory just five times and celebrated only 36 goals in their 46 Championship encounters last season.
Unlike Cowley’s new side, however, Ipswich have shown a remarkable resilience already since the start of the new campaign last month.
Paul Lambert’s men currently third position in League One, with four wins and two draws from their opening six games of the league season, and a game in hand on the two sides ahead of them.
In those games, Ipswich have found the net no fewer than 14 times, meaning they are also more than a third of the way to topping their goal tally from last season, highlighting that, for all the troubles Huddersfield have endured in recent years, there is the scope for an upturn in fortunes sooner rather than later, and Cowley may well be the men who helps bring about that change.
Admittedly, there will be some who point to the fact that the opposition Ipswich are facing is lesser than that Huddersfield have to take on in the Championship.
That, however, does not mean that this cannot be a light at the end of a very long tunnel for Huddersfield to focus on for the time being.
After what they have been through in the past few years or so, boy do they need one of those right now.