By Corey Simpson-Pearce –
Huddersfield Town take on Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on Saturday 11th February. 3 pm Kick off.
Not much in the way of first-team or B-Team news this week but there was a big change at the club during the week.
Huddersfield Town Head Coach, Mark Fotheringham was relieved of his duties as Huddersfield Town manager after his side failed to beat 10-man Blackpool FC earlier this week.
Fotheringham was in charge for just 134 days and won 5 of his 21 games in charge. In the end, this was deemed not good enough by the board and both he and his assistant Kenny Miller were relieved of their duties.
In steps Carlos Corberan’s old assistant manager Narcís Pèlach aka ‘Chicho’. Fans will be hoping he can produce the same result as the last time he was interim manager when he beat Cardiff City thanks to an 8th-minute goal from Jordan Rhodes.
Chicho is already a fan favourite from being a part of the blissful times last year when the Terriers were almost granted Premier League glory.
The interim manager will have the full backing of the fans on Saturday as he already produced one positive result this season. This time Huddersfield Town take on a struggling Wigan Athletic in what is classed as a ‘relegation six-pointer’.
Wigan Athletic come into this game a fortnight after sacking manager Kolo Toure and without a win in their last six games which sees them sit bottom of the second flight.
These are worrying times to be a Wigan fan. Shaun Maloney was appointed their head coach earlier in the week and will be taking charge of his first game for the Latics.
In terms of injuries, unfortunately for Wigan, veteran defender Martin Kelly has sustained a serious injury that has ruled him out for the rest of the season.
Arsenal loanee Omar Rekik is also a doubt for the clash on Saturday making the team a bit light on defenders for this weekend.
The Wigan players will be wanting to impress their new manager and at the same time, they need the three points so they are going to battle and leave everything on the pitch.
One To Watch
A man that was involved in success at Huddersfield’s last season. Danel Sinani is my one to watch this week. On loan from Norwich City, the 25-year-old moved out to Wigan on deadline day and will be looking to impress his new manager.
No stranger to Huddersfield Town or Narcís Pèlach. Sinani will be a threat to the backline and his understanding of how Huddersfield play could be a factor when Shaun Maloney picks his team.
With Wigan being at the bottom of the table in terms of form and also being sat bottom of the points table, I think that a revitalised Huddersfield Town side that has trust and faith in their manager will be able to do what they need to do to get the three points.
However, I don’t think Wigan will allow Huddersfield to walk through this game, I think it will be a fight with the Wigan players looking to impress their new manager. With that, I am predicting a score of 2-1 to Huddersfield on the road and a bright start to what could become a great tenure at Huddersfield Town for Narcís Pèlach.