Wagner leaves relegation-haunted Huddersfield by mutual consent

Written by on January 15, 2019

English Premier League (EPL) clubside Huddersfield Town parted company with manager David Wagner by mutual consent on Monday.

The German leaves the club at the bottom of the 2018/2019 EPL table after winning just two games all season.

Huddersfield Town chairman Dean Hoyle said in a statement that Wagner, who joined the club in November 2015, needed a break from the “rigours of football management”.

Wagner guided them into the top-flight in 2016/2017 for the first time in 45 years after winning the Championship play-off final against Reading.

Huddersfield Town were one of the favourites for relegation in their first EPL campaign, but Wagner guided the team to safety with a 16th-placed finish.

The 2018/2019 campaign has proven more difficult, with the Terriers only managing wins over Fulham and Wolverhampton Wanderers in 22 league matches.

“The 47-year-old leaves Huddersfield Town after detailed discussions with the Board of Directors, with both parties agreeing this is the correct move for the future of the club,” Huddersfield said.

Huddersfield Town chairman Hoyle hailed Wagner as one of the club’s “greats” and added they had no intention of sacking him this season.

“Under his stewardship, we’ve achieved things on the football pitch that surpass anything in modern memory, and that have gone well beyond my wildest expectations as Chairman and as a fan,” Hoyle said.

“As I had said previously, I had no intention of sacking David this season. Subsequently David — being the great man he is — came to us and made it clear that he needs a break from the rigours of football management.

“I know the term `mutual consent’ is often a byword for the manager being sacked in professional football, but this is a truly joint decision.”

The club confirmed coach Mark Hudson will take charge of their next league game against Manchester City on Sunday.

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