In somewhat of a surprise move, Huddersfield Town and David Wagner have decided to go their separate ways. Chairman Dean Doyle, in a statement, said that the 47-year-old German-American needed a rest from the “rigours of football management”.
It has also been announced that Mark Hudson will take over the club in their next match against Manchester City.
David Wagner has departed his role as Head Coach of #htafc by mutual consent.— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) January 14, 2019
The 47-year-old leaves Town after detailed discussions with the Board of Directors, with both parties agreeing this is the correct move for the future of the Club.
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Here is the rest of the Chairman’s statement from ESPNFC.
“Under David’s management, we took this Club to the highest position it has held in almost 50 years and created memories that will last forever,” the statement read.
”His achievements will rightly put him up there in Huddersfield Town history alongside great names like Herbert Chapman and Mick Buxton; legendary managers who changed the face of this Club.
”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.”
In 2017, Wagner helped get Huddersfield Town promoted and was able to keep them up last term. It was the first time since 1972 that Huddersfield had seen the top flight. However, this season has been terrible for the Terriers, having only won two matches in 22 tries and have only 11 points and odds on favorites to get relegated to the Championship.