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Huddersfield Town could earn up to 10m if promoted

Huddersfield Town

Promotion to the Championship could be worth £10m to Huddersfield Town, the club's chief executive believes.

Town host Bournemouth on Wednesday in the second leg of the play-offs after drawing the first leg 1-1.

Nigel Clibbens told BBC Radio Leeds: "You get a bit of TV money [in the playoffs], but there are bigger rewards for getting promotion.

"Our commercial income would probably double so we're looking at turning over well over £10m."

Clibbens continued: "If you were to get to the final you get a bigger share of the pool of funds that's collected from the playoff matches, so that's not too much.

"We don't want to get out of this league just for financial reasons, but it does make a big impact.

"In terms of pure central distribution that comes from the League, that's worth probably £3.5m.

When you've found someone who does good, you've got to keep them, so we want Lee to stay

Nigel Clibbens

"And then the away support you'd expect to come to the stadium would probably increase by multiples, it is worth a lot of money."

Clibbens also reiterated that they will sit down with manager Lee Clark after the play-offs to discuss a new contract, and that they want him to stay regardless of whether they win promotion.

"As Dean [Hoyle, Huddersfield chairman] said, we all want Lee to stay at the club.

"He's got a year to go, he knows that and he's known that for a long time. It's easy for people to look from the outside and look for cracks when things don't go so well, but there aren't any here.

"We know the benefits of continuity, we've seen what happens when people churn managers, it doesn't work.

"When you've found someone who does good you've got to keep them, so we want Lee to stay. Come what may, we'll talk about it at the end of the month."



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see also
Bournemouth 1-1 Huddersfield
16 May 11 |  League One
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12 May 11 |  Huddersfield
Hoyle wants manager Clark to stay
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