Hoyle defends Huddersfield Rhodes sale

Huddersfield Town chairman Dean Hoyle has reacted to criticism of not replacing the club’s early-season sale of Jordan Rhodes, re-iterating the striker’s strong desire to leave the club, reports BBC Sport.

Rhodes, who scored 36 goals during the Terriers’ League One promotion season left the John Smiths Stadium after being signed by Blackburn for £8 million last August.

Huddersfield have endured a testing season in the Championship since Rhodes’ departure, sitting just three points above the relegation zone. In reaction to criticism over the sale Hoyle told the BBC: “He made it perfectly clear under no circumstances did he want to be at this club.”

“He is on Premier League wages at Blackburn and at Huddersfield we could not sustain that kind of money on our crowds. We already had James Vaughan when he left and we brought in Jermaine Beckford. Ask any fan or player up and down this country and they will say that is a very good strike force.”

The Terriers’ main strike duo have just 17 goals between them this season as Town remain in danger of an immediate drop back to the third-tier, although both did score in Sunday’s priceless 3-0 win over Millwall.

Hoyle, a lifelong fan of the club who took the reins as chairman in 2009, insisted on his own long-term allegiance to the club whatever the outcome after their final two matches of the season is.

“The only person this club owes any money to is me and I don’t expect to get that back in a million years. As long as the fans want me here then I will continue to do things in the best interests of this club.”

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