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Huddersfield Town: Are the Lineup questions ridiculous?

Wednesday 3rd May 2017
Huddersfield Town is  under investigation for resting 10 players against Birmingham City last weekend. If found guilty they could be fined by the Football League, but the result will stand.

I believe that it is an utterly ridiculous situation.
Being told how to do your job when you are a considered and respected expert is never a nice experience. While having the humility to be teachable and moldable is an important trait to improve in your role, when authorities, or bosses, or clients, or co-workers give you instruction in what you should be doing and how you should be doing it, it can feel like a kick in the teeth. That is especially true when you have made a certain decision that you feel best benefits your organisation.

It is here that we find David Wagner and Huddersfield. To set the scene, the North Yorkshire club, guided by the man who was maligned as a nobody when first hired all the way back in November of 2015, have secured their play-off berth at the end of the season. Although they do not know their final position, and thereby the opponents that they will face in the play-offs, they have ensured that they cannot finish any lower than sixth and are thereby in the pot-luck promotion competition.

Wagner, in preparation for the play-offs, decided to, therefore, rest almost all of his starting players. In fact, he made 10 changes ahead of the weekend's tie against relegation strugglers Birmingham City. On a day that Blackburn Rovers, who currently preside in 22nd position and have looked set to face the drop for much of the season, squeezed past Aston Villa to extend their hopes of survival, Birmingham overcame the weakened Huddersfield side that Wagner stationed, to ensure that they remained two points above Blackburn, with just one game remaining.

Blackburn manager, Tony Mowbray, was not best pleased, bemoaning Wagner's apparent lack of respect for the game in his post-match press conference.
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And now, it has been revealed that the English Football League will investigate the issue. EFL released a statement that detailed of their request to observe and examine Wagner's team selection from Saturday's trip to Birmingham:

And that is exactly what he is doing. Wagner believes that the best for Huddersfield is to rest his players ahead of the playoffs. Therefore, he should rest them. The questions regarding his team selection are ludicrous., Huddersfield Town would be harshly done by if any punishment comes to them whatsoever.
Andrew Dowdeswell

A sport obsessed 20 something who just really wants Arsenal to finally win the league. Please Wenger, what the hell happened to you?!


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