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Huddersfield needs investment on and off field in Championship

The club chief executive, Nigel Clibbens, said in the Examiner this week that while income from the Football League pot will increase to about £4.5m, the club needs facilities at the Galpharm to be improved in line with the division they are in.

A bigger superstore and offices are top priority and he called on Kirklees Stadium Development Ltd to make the necessary investment as Town have no shares in the stadium themselves.

“Solidarity payments due via the Football League will go up from £300,000 to £2.1m now we are in the Championship, and our share of the basic award from commercial income goes up from £600,000 to £2.4m, so they are big numbers,” said Clibbens.

“It’s great news, but we know we have some very, very tough challenges ahead of us going forward – some really tough ones – but we are ready for them as a club.

“Our shop is not big enough, though, and our offices are not big enough and the hospitality side of things at the stadium is no longer big enough, so we need support from people.

“It’s especially so with the stadium. I’ve been looking at the budgets with Dean (Hoyle, chairman) and the average crowds will go up and the away fans coming to the stadium will be many more, which adds pressure to the operation.

“In terms of hospitality, we have almost sold out of boxes and hospitality packages in League I, so we’ve got a big problem now in meeting that demand in the Championship because we certainly don’t want to turn people away.”

“We have been talking a long time about extending the shop but nothing has really happened and we now need these things to take place around the stadium, so the stadium can keep up with the development of the club.

“It needs some investment, and we will be looking for KSDL to make that investment in the stadium, so we can have a bigger shop and better offices and make sure hospitality and other facilities are in line with a Championship club.”

Clibbens will also be involved in strengthening the squad which manager Simon Grayson and the chairman agree Town need.

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