Huddersfield Town fans were dealt a major blow this afternoon after manager David Wagner announced his intention to leave the club after three-and-a-half years. The departure is said to be mutual and on good terms; Wagner has not been fired.
If for nothing else, Wagner will forever be known as the architect behind the most impressive survival in Premier League history last season. The club, which looked dead in the water around this time last year, somehow staved off relegation and finished 16th in the top flight, four points above the line.
📝 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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Huddersfield Town Chairman Dean Hoyle wrote a lengthy statement where he thanked the German-American for his years of service. "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 added that he 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 rigors of football management."
The Chairman concluded by indicating that "I cannot thank David enough for what he has achieved. Along with his family, he will always be a friend to me and Huddersfield Town."
As Huddersfield attempts to move forward from this news, Hoyle announced that former team captain and U-23 gaffer Mark Hudson will take over for their upcoming contest with Manchester City this afternoon. They will then begin looking for a full-time replacement.
As for Wagner, it appears that he will take a break from the game to collect himself after what must have been a stressful tenure. We will, however, keep an eye out on the American International and update all of you when something happens.