Jackson?s Time At Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 06/03/2007
Jackson?s Time At Town
Today manager Peter Jackson left Huddersfield Town by mutual consent. With Town lying 15th in Coca Cola League One Chairman Ken Davy decided enough was enough after the 5-1 mauling by Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

The Board of Directors stated that it was ? form and the inability to attract key players? that lead to Jackson been given the boot.
Personally I would have kept Peter Jackson I am sad to see him go.

Jackson had two spells at Town as manager, he lead to Town to the ?great escape? in Division One (now Championship) in 1997/98 season keeping Town in the division. The 1998/99 season saw Town riding high before a late slide saw Town finish in 10th place missing the play-offs. The then Chairman Barry Rubery, who had taken over Town towards the end of that season, took the option of sacking Jackson.

4 years after his sacking, with Town in the Division 3 (now League Two) and just been saved from going bankrupt, Peter Jackson came back to the club.
With 7 players on the books at the start of the 2003/04 season Jackson rebuilt the Town squad from scratch. Selling Jon Stead to Blackburn for ?1.25 million along the way, Jackson lead Town to promotion via the play-offs at the first attempt.

Having just missed out on the play-offs of League One the year after, expectations of reaching the play-offs in 2005/06 season was possibly. After a great start to the season, Town?s results seem to dip at the start of 2006 but they qualified for the play-offs. Playing Barnsley in the semi-finals, in the first leg getting a vital 1-0 win at Oakwell. The 2nd leg Town threw it away and lost 3-1 to Barnsley, 3-2 on aggregate to the eventual winners.

This season expectations of getting automatic promotion was high. Only attracting two players to the club in pre-season Town have had a rocky season. Consistency and results have been a major fact in Town?s below-par season. With results going badly some fans turned on the manager Peter Jackson calling for his season and with only signing one player on loan in the January transfer window some fans were tired of the false promises.

Peter Jackson should be proud of what he has achieved at Huddersfield Town. I would have given him just a bit more time and see who he could have brought in at pre-season.
No other manager will have the same passion for Huddersfield Town as Jacko. He loved Town and the fans loved him as a player and as a manger.
Thanks of everything Peter it?s sad to see you go.

We, The Terrier-Bytes team would like so send all our best wishes to Peter in the future.


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