Huddersfield Town Women are excited to announce that Development Team coach Alan Eastwood will be joining the team permanently as their manager with immediate effect.
Eastwood returned to HTWFC in July after previously having a role with our Development Team a few years ago.
Everyone at the club is excited to have him on board permanently and upon his arrival, he said:
“I’m raring to go and would like to thank the club for showing faith in me and giving me this fantastic opportunity. We have an amazing group of young players, full of potential who are hungry to learn, work hard and fight for their places across two very strong open age teams.
“I’m looking forward to working with the players and helping them progress onto the next stage of their development as individuals and as a team. The main focus is the players development. I’m looking to get the right balance of ability and experience in the side to develop everyone in this squad as a player, a team and as a person.
“Having had experience of working with both the juniors and the open age teams, I know it can be overwhelming for some players to make the step between the two. I will support anyone making that transition but the team have already been extremely welcoming to the junior players and we are gelling nicely as a group.
“I know the junior teams inside out and know the potential we have coming through over the next few years and having a familiar face in the set up will hopefully make that easier for them….even if it is mine!
“The players have quickly realised I’m extremely hands on as a manager and that I set very high standards of professionalism on and off the pitch. It’s been great getting to know some new faces and it’s been fantastic to catch up with some familiar ones.
“We’ve had some extremely productive training sessions over that past few weeks and the players fitness levels and first touch are coming on nicely, especially considering how long they’ve been away from the pitch during the pandemic. The players seem to be a solid unit and with the addition of multiple junior players coming through the ranks, it’s setting up to be a promising season.
“Sunday was a decent start and there are so many positives to take from the game but there is still a lot of room for improvement. A huge sign of knowledge and maturity is that the players have identified this as well. They want to improve on certain aspects of their game as individuals and as a team and we will work extremely hard as a group over the coming weeks to ensure we all reach a standard we feel is high enough.
“The players have been fantastic for me so far. They are very mature for their age and there is some real heart and passion within the group which always makes it easier for a manager. It’s refreshing to see so many players playing for the badge with fire in their bellies and wanting to get better each week. The morale is great and will only improve the more the season progresses.
“If they carry on showing the required levels of professionalism, working hard and striving to develop then we will give ourselves the best possible chance of success when we cross that white line on matchday.”
Alan will take charge of his first game with our Development Squad this weekend as he and the team travel to Chorley for their season game of the season.