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Andre Breitenreiter’s damning verdict on the ‘unacceptable’ attitude of some Huddersfield Town players as Terriers are effectively relegated to League One from Championship



Town’s time in the second division is virtually ended after their 1-1 draw with Birmingham City, another struggling team.

The Terriers must defeat Plymouth Argyle at home and overcome a massive goal differential of fifteen goals in order to survive. They also need to pray that Birmingham loses on the last day of play.Appointed in February, Breitenreiter said he will talk about his own future at Portman Road following the season’s conclusion.The German player expressed his dissatisfaction with other players in a radio interview after the game on Saturday, saying that some of them “left early.”

He said, “I cannot tell you about some of the horrible things that have transpired here in the last two and a half months,” further hinting at problems within his team.

Crestfallen Huddersfield Town players react to the 1-1 draw after the final whistle of the Sky Bet Championship match with Birmingham City at the John Smith's Stadium, a result which has effectively relegated the Terriers. Photo by Ashley Allen/Getty Images.
Crestfallen Players from Huddersfield Town respond to the final whistle of their 1-1 draw with Birmingham City in the Sky Bet Championship game at John Smith’s Stadium, a result that effectively sends the Terriers down to the lower leagues. Ashley Allen took the picture/Getty Images..”Things that in my thirty years in the (football) industry, I have not encountered.

“If the time is right or if it’s required, I might be able to tell you a few more things after the season.

“But we need to focus on the last game right now.”

The 50-year-old, whose team has only won twice in his 12 games as manager, believes the team needs to take stock of the events of a terrible season before planning for the upcoming season, which will see Town play in League One for the first time since 2011–12.

Although Breitenreiter, who inked a two-and-a-half-year contract, claims it’s “too early” to discuss his own future, his remarks about the “many, many issues” he has encountered in his brief time with the club appear to call into question that statement as of right now.

He went on, “It’s not just on me to speak about all these things,” when asked if he wanted to stay.

“The club needs to take stock of the entire season. As this is my fourth managerial assignment, there must be some serious issues with the team and the organization.

The club needs to talk about certain things with me and other things without me because it is accountable.

“Mark Cartwright is a pretty good sporting director, and we keep really tight.”

“The team was formed before to his tenure, so he is not accountable for its makeup, and I’ve had positive conversations with CEO Jake Edwards.

“The ambitions for the future, should we first cross the line, are the reason I signed with Huddersfield.”

“But due to several, numerous issues, it was not feasible.”

In all honesty, Breitenreiter is not hiding the fact that he bears some of the blame for Town’s relegation.

“I’m not such a character; I never find excuses for myself,” he declared.

Maybe some people make excuses for themselves, but I don’t do that.

“Remaining in the league was feasible. To win games, we required more goals and clean sheets.

“But when you have a strong sense of teamwork and just one group—not several groups—across the squad, you deserve these things.”


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