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at 17:38 15 Jan 2022

Dean Hoyle provides Huddersfield Town update on club finances and Mark Devlin's departure

The Terriers interim CEO provided programme notes for Saturday afternoon's game against Swansea City including details on the chief executive position and his financial input

Huddersfield Town are 25% owned by Hoyle, who has taken the position of interim CEO after the departure of Mark Devlin last month.

Hoyle has been back involved at the club since news in November that other businesses owned by Town 75% owner and chairman Phil Hodgkinson have gone into administration.

Yorkshire Live exclusively revealed on the day that news broke that Hoyle had resumed his financial involvement with the club and that he had paid the October wage bill.

And he has now provided a further update on how that came about and the plans for the chief exec role in his programme notes for Town's Championship clash with Swansea City, where a bumper crowd is expected after the club ran a Β£5 ticket offer for all fans.

Hoyle wrote: "There's a lot I'd like to address in these notes, and I'd like to begin with the recent departure of Mark Devlin.

"Once again, I want to thank Mark for his services to our football club over the last two years; I wish him the very best for the future.

"I made the change, simply, as I want a fresh start and my own person in that position. In the interim, I will operate as CEO, and a new appointment will be made in due course.

"Well before Mark's departure was announced, it was fairly common knowledge that I had resumed responsibility for the club towards the end of October.

"Having been reassured that all was well financially earlier that month, I had three days' notice to provide Β£2m to pay October's wages for our players and staff to bring creditor payments up to date.

"I have subsequently provided millions more to meet the cash requirements of the club. The alternative would have been adminstration.

"I've read some suggestions that I only stepped in to secure my financial position, but this is not true.

"In October, I immediately met with the players and staff at the club to explain the situation and reassured everyone - as I do to you now - that I will provide stability going forward.

"There are no other material updates on this front for now, but I will provide you with any as they occur and arise."

Hoyle also revealed that the once-annual Pedal For Pounds fundraiser is planned to return, with a 7th May date the current target.

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Covid testing on match days
at 09:34 3 Jan 2022

Covid-19: EFL removes matchday testing for players as 13 new year games are postponed

The English Football League has removed the need for clubs to test players for Covid-19 on matchdays in an effort to prevent late postponements.

The EFL accept the situation was not ideal and believe that testing every day, apart from matchdays, is enough.

Nottingham Forest's home game against Barnsley on Monday has been called off because of injuries and Covid cases in Steve Cooper's squad.

It is the 13th game in the EFL new year programme to be postponed.

Leaders Bournemouth against Peterborough United and Swansea City v second-placed Fulham had previously been called off.

Peterborough have now had all three of their fixtures over the festive period called off.

The League One games at Ipswich, Plymouth and Wigan on New Year's Day were also off, as well as Sunderland v Fleetwood on Sunday.

And in League Two, Harrogate v Port Vale, Rochdale v Mansfield and Salford City v Tranmere were also postponed.

Leyton Orient against Bristol Rovers was called off on New Year's Day because of Covid-19 cases in the Rovers squad.

Following the postponement of their game, Forest said they had "less than the minimum number of players" available according to EFL rules.

"This is the first Forest fixture that has been postponed due to the pandemic," said a club statement.

"We thank the EFL and Barnsley for their co-operation and share the disappointment of supporters who had made plans to attend the City Ground for the first match of the new year.

"Strong ticket sales meant another large crowd was expected and we understand the frustration of both Forest and Barnsley supporters who might have made advance travel plans."

The EFL decision to remove matchday testing was taken after Hull City's Championship fixture with Blackburn on 26 December was postponed about two hours before kick-off when away fans were already travelling.

A league spokesperson said the EFL was confident its new measures were enough to ensure that matches take place safely without inconveniencing supporters.

"Over the past week, it has become clear that the requirement for matchday testing has caused significant concern and uncertainty at clubs as well as seriously affecting supporters," the spokesperson added.

"The league revisited the matter with its medical advisors and, after careful consideration, which included dialogue with a significant number of club doctors, it was determined that the requirement for matchday testing would be removed, except for those individuals who display Covid symptoms.

"Daily testing will continue on non-matchdays with clubs following updated red protocols which remain our biggest protection against the transmission of Covid."

New Year's Eve French Style
at 12:46 2 Jan 2022

A total of 874 cars have been set alight during New Year's Eve celebrations in France, police say.

However, the interior ministry said the number was much lower than in 2019. Authorities also reported a rise in the number of people stopped and detained.

A curfew to tackle Covid-19 meant no significant disruption took place this time last year.

Car burning has effectively become an annual event in French suburbs since riots in 2005 in several cities.

Some 95,000 police and gendarmes were mobilised during recent New Year's celebrations, French media report - including 32,000 firefighters and security personnel.

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In Paris, where face masks have been made compulsory again, 779 people were fined for not wearing a mask.

While restrictions have been partially lifted in France, more rules will come into place this month due to concerns for the Omicron variant.

From 3 January, public gatherings will be limited to 2,000 people for indoor events, and remote working will become compulsory for those who are able to.


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