Huddersfield Town future talks can wait as Breitenreiter fully focused on huge final two games

Andre Breitenreiter insists that talks regarding his future at the club will take place “after the season” as the head coach called for full focus on Huddersfield Town’s final two games of their relegation battle.

Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Swansea City leaves the Terriers precariously placed, with Town sitting second from bottom in the Championship table and three points inside the drop zone, with time almost up for them to retain their second tier status.

Town have registered 44 points from 44 matches played, with the Terriers having won just nine games all season. Since Breitenreiter’s appointment in February, Town have recorded two victories from their 11 matches played, with Saturday’s loss the fifth of the German’s reign to date.

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The Terriers now head into their next match at home to third-from-bottom Birmingham City on Saturday with the knowledge that a defeat to their relegation rivals would seal their fate and send Town into the third tier for the first time since 2012.

After taking on the fellow relegation battlers at the John Smith’s Stadium, Town round off their campaign with a trip to face Ipswich Town the following weekend, with the Tractor Boys currently sitting second in the Championship table.

Despite his side facing a tough ask to preserve their Championship status, Breitenreiter insisted that discussions regarding his future would only take place once the Terriers’ fate is sealed either way.

Asked by BBC Radio Leeds whether he would stay at Town if the club are relegated to League One, the head coach replied: “We concentrate now really on the last two games, and all the conversations about players, coaching staff, staff around the team, we hold after the season.

“Now we have to concentrate just for the next game against Birmingham here in our home, and all the other things are discussions for after the season.”

The Terriers passed up the chance to give their survival hopes a boost on Saturday, as they suffered a late collapse in their heavy defeat to the Swans.

For the second time in three matches, the Terriers conceded three goals in the final ten minutes, with Town also falling to a 4-1 loss at Preston North End on April 9.

Asked whether his side’s latest capitulation was down to a lack of personality within the team, Breitenreiter said: “It’s too early for me to speak about these things. We can speak about the whole season after the last game.

“Now we have to concentrate for the last two games. There are many, many reasons, on the pitch and outside the pitch (why they are where they are), but now we have to concentrate for the next game and try to give our best.”