Head of Content Keith Ingham speaks with Terrier fan Chris Maguire before Saturday's highly anticipated away clash at the John Smiths Stadium.
With both teams not playing well and struggling to get wins, has it been a disappointing season so far?
Yes I thought we would start stronger than we have. We have come close in a number of games but we haven’t been clinical enough when it matters. Unfortunately selling our key players prior to the start of the season and during the transfer window put us on the back foot and we haven’t replaced well enough to push on this season.
Do you look forward to this game more than others?
It used to be the first fixture I looked for on the fixture list as all of my mates are Leeds fans. When I was growing up they used to always tell me about how good Leeds were and how rubbish Huddersfield were. Now we have played each other a number of times and at the same level it is a fixture I look out for but it is as important as all other fixtures other than bragging rights.
Have you good memories of the clashes ?
Good and bad memories. I remember the League Cup at Elland Road in 2004 when we lost 1-0 however it was a cracking atmosphere and we played well that night considering the difference in position of the two clubs. We have had some positive results but more recently some poor results against Leeds however considering what is happening at the two clubs Saturday promises to be another interesting derby.
Is there a player in the Leeds squad you'd like in the Town squad ?
There was a time when I wanted Chris Wood in our squad however I have always liked Sam Byram and certainly think he could do a job both in defence and attack down our right hand side.
With us beating you twice last season do you fancy at least getting a point at the weekend?
Neither club are in a very good position at the moment both with Cellino putting the club up for sale and Huddersfield sacking Chris Powell. I would like to think that the Huddersfield players will want to impress in the event that the new manager is watching however derby matches seem to be unpredictable so you never know
Your thoughts on both managers?
Personally I am not a fan of Steve Evans and was surprised when he was appointed. I much preferred Neil Redfern over any of the recent managers that Leeds have had in charge. If Cellino remains at the helm of the club I can’t imagine Evans lasting that long.
Obviously Chris Powell has now gone and I am surprised by the timing but not that his time is up. Unfortunately while in some games we have played well the majority of games we have not been good enough. We may have had lots of possession but we often seemed to go sideways, backwards and generally played some negative football. In a lot of games we offered nothing in the final third. He seemed scared to play the youngsters when it was clear to the fans that they had something different to offer and I can’t help but think that this ultimately cost him his job.
Dean Hoyle has invested a lot of his personal wealth into the club. Do you look at Leeds and feel glad you've got him and not Cellino ?
Definitely. Dean is trying to run the club in the right way. We have a fantastic training facility along with the shares back in the stadium. Some people want Dean to throw his money at the team however he will not do this as he has the long term interests of the club at heart. We cannot financially compete with the likes of Derby, Wolves and all the teams that receive parachute payments but I trust the way that Dean is running the club and I would not want Cellino anywhere near my club as we would be in non league before we knew it.
Your prediction for the game?
2-1 town win
We'd like to thank Chris for taking part and answering all our questions and wish him the worst of luck for Saturday's clash against the Mighty Whites!
By Keith Ingham
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