Huddersfield Town make key backroom staff appointment as familiar face returns

Martin Paterson has returned to Huddersfield Town as an assistant coach.

The former Terriers’ forward has joined Michael Duff’s coaching staff following his departure from Burton Albion. The 37-year-old was the Brewers’ manager in the second part of last season, but left the club upon the expiry of his short-term contract last month.

Paterson had a year-and-a-half spell with Town as a player between 2013 and 2015, with the forward making 29 appearances for the club and scoring six goals.

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The 37-year-old was a teammate of Duff’s at Burnley, while the pair also worked together at Barnsley and Swansea City over the past two seasons.

Town have also confirmed that Kevin Russell and Andy Quy will continue in their roles as assistant coach and goalkeeping coach respectively, while former head coach Andre Breitenreiter’s assistants Thomas Kleine and Asif Saric have departed the club.

“With work and planning for the season ahead already well underway, it’s great to have my assistants in position to begin their roles in good time, too,” Duff said.

“Kevin has a great reputation and knowledge of the game and club, and I’m looking forward to working more closely with him after knowing each other for a long time. Martin is a person and coach I know really well from the past too, with an established working relationship and understanding in place, so I’m delighted to have him alongside us once again as well.

“We’re only a few weeks away from the players retuning for the start of pre-season with our first friendly later this month too, and I couldn’t be hungrier and more excited to get the hard work started out on the grass.”