Huddersfield have been cut to 7/4 in bwin’s Championship relegation odds after the appointment of Danny Cowley as manager failed to produce an immediate upturn in fortunes.
Cowley and his brother Nicky have made the move from League One side Lincoln City but the size of the task facing them was highlighted in a 2-0 defeat at home to Sheffield Wednesday.
The Terriers remain without a win in the Championship following last season’s relegation from the Premier League, when they only managed three victories all season.
Cowley said: “I think today we could see that this is a football club and team which is hurting, which is what we anticipated, but we’re here to help them.
“This club needs some grit, we need to get some fight. We didn’t have enough energy, we were too slow.
“You have two choices in life, you can be a victim or a fighter. At the minute we’re affected by the scoreboard, which you can understand. But we have to change that.
“We’ve got another week to work now, with all the group in the building, and we have a lot to do before a tough away game (at West Brom).”
Jones running out of time
Huddersfield are already four points adrift of safety but are not at the bottom of the table after an equally disappointing start for Stoke.
The Potters are 7/2 for a second relegation in three seasons after their miserable form continued with a 2-1 defeat at home to Bristol City, meaning they have now conceded an alarming 17 goals in seven matches.
Stoke did at least take an early lead when Sam Clucas slotted home from a fourth-minute corner but their hopes suffered a major blow when Joe Allen was red-carded for a late lunging tackle on Josh Brownhill.
Bristol City made their numerical advantage count in the second half and Stoke boss Nathan Jones admitted: “The board sees the work I do every day, they are good football people, but I don’t know how long they can be patient.
“I want to change things but nothing is going for us. There are teams with far more points than us, but are playing worse than us. We can’t keep saying that, though, because eventually people’s patience runs out.
“The fans and the club have been brilliant with the patience they have given me and I have to repay that.”
Wigan are the 3/2 favourites for the drop despite a 2-2 draw at Hull, who are 5/2, while Barnsley are 8/5 in the Championship relegation betting following a 2-0 loss at home to Leeds which left them in the drop zone.
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