KENYA BROWN - Monday, January 14, 2019
English Premier League team Huddersfield Town announced on Monday that David Wagner has stepped down as head coach by mutual consent.
The 47-year-old German-American coach leaves the Terriers as they currently sit at the bottom of the standings.
Huddersfield, which is located in West Yorkshire, may not be one of the glamor teams in England's top flight and work on a shoestring budget, but Wagner took them to heights that the next coach will have to either match or exceed.
Joining the team in November 2015, the former US national team player first brought them from the brink of relegation in the Championship. However, it would be the following season when Huddersfield beat all the odds to finish in the top six to qualify for the promotion playoffs.
And Wagner would guide his team over the final hurdle as they beat Reading on penalties to win the promotion playoff final at Wembley Stadium to move up to the Premier League.
Huddersfield was favored for relegation in their Premier League campaign but would jump out of the gate early, winning their first two games. While they did tumble down the standings, the former Borussia Dortmund II coach would pull off the impossible by leading them to safety with a 16th place finish.
However, this season has proven to be more difficult as the team has been on a nine-game winless run and earn just 11 points from 22 games.
Despite the poor run, Huddersfield chairman Dean Hoyle expressed his gratitude for Wagner's commitment to the team as he decided to step down from his post.
"I would like to begin by thanking David for all he has achieved at Huddersfield Town over the last three-and-a-half years," said Hoyle in a statement. "Under his stewardship, we have 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.
"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."
Hoyle added that he had no plan to relieve Wagner from his coaching duties, but it was rather the coach who approached him as he needed a break.
It is uncertain when Wagner will return to the sideline again as a coach, but with the job he has done with the Terriers he services will surely be sought after by bigger teams.