Former U.S. international David Wagner
stepped down after more than three years as manager at Huddersfield Town, which he led to promotion to the English Premier League.
German-American will be replaced by Huddersfield under-23 team coach Mark Hudson
, who will take charge of the Terriers, who are deep in the EPL basement, eight points below the drop zone after
only 22 games.
Huddersfield chairman Dean Hoyle
said in a statement that Wagner asked for a break.
"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
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 rigors of football management."
“We discussed making that change immediately, but he also
made it clear that he would give his all for the rest of this season before departing in the summer if we preferred. After a long discussion, we all felt that David staying at the club until the end
of the season was best, but we have kept discussions open and we all now feel that the time is right to part ways. 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.”
After working under Jurgen Klopp
at Borussia Dortmund, where he was in charge of the second team, Wagner
joined Huddersfield in November 2015. He led it to promotion to the Premier League in 2017 and had his contract extended until 2021 after the Terriers defied the odds and stayed up, finishing 16th in
But Huddersfield has only 11 points after 22 games this season.