Date: 17th March 2015 at 3:39pm
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Director and Head of Football Operations Ross Wilson is set to leave the club and take up a position with Southampton as their Director of Scouting and Recruitment.

Hear Hoyle’s Full Wilson & Future Interview (click here)

The 32 year old has been in position for the last two years, taking up the newly created post at the time following our promotion to the Championship.

He will leave his post at the end of the season and until then will play his part in the transitional period we will go through as we restructure and make our next move in this regard.

Chairman Dean Hoyle has provided an update in this regard following the release of the news.

His full statement is carried on the Official Site.

‘When Ross joined us his role was a totally new concept for Huddersfield Town, although it was one that we saw was already well established and crucial at other Championship clubs; they find it a fundamental part of what they do to be successful.’

Hoyle goes on to say that during in our period in League 1 we couldn’t afford to modernise in the way we have now done, but entering the Championship we couldn’t afford not to step up our off pitch efforts.

But simply put at this stage we now cannot afford to ‘stand still’ so with his departure we will be looking to reorganise, streamline and bring departments together.

‘As a Club, being honest, externally we have suffered from unfair uncertainty and speculation over who was selecting and buying the players and hiring managers, as some supporters and our local media struggled to adjust to something that was new. That has been really frustrating within the Club. Its part and parcel of a change to things that have been routine in the Championship for years, but that we hadn`t been used to in League 1.’

Hoyle goes on to say that proving this point was the reporting of the departure of Mark Robins where it was said he couldn’t ‘succeed in the structure’ and he found that disappointing, but he feels the past will help us in the future in that regard.

‘That will stand us in good stead. We just got on with things because we felt we were doing the right things in the right way. Before Ross arrived, we had a handful of regional scouts looking purely at senior domestic players and a part-time Chief Scout looking mainly at the opposition – that was it! Other elements of our football operations were equally straight from the 1970s and 1980s. Analysis was limited, as was our recruitment process. Worse still, at the same time as the Club had been standing still, those above us had moved forward very quickly. These are the hidden consequences of the period out of the Championship that we are still trying to address now.’

Since his appointment though Hoyle goes on to credit a lot of ‘excellent work’ that has gone on to give us the foundation we needed in these areas, causing a lot of improvement in these areas in the process – but obviously that is far from finished and there is more to do and more to learn, and changes that need to take place based on what we have learned.

‘It takes time for this to pay off; there are no quick fixes. Now we need to look at where we take things next. Having experienced how Football Operations have developed since 2012, it is a chance to reflect and consider what we need for our model and approach going forward. We have an established and settled Football Operations structure and developing Academy that is set up well to do a number of things in terms of recruitment and other football activities. We now have to make sure we focus on the areas where we can get the best wins for the Club given the resources we have, what we have learned in the Championship so far, what works for our specific circumstances and what is needed for future success.’

Part of that he goes on to explain is that the club needs to become more ‘lean, efficient and effective’ in it’s operations and the restructuring we now do will be focused on achieving that.

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