David Wagner has departed from his role as head coach of Huddersfield Town.
The club announced the news via Twitter, adding the decision was made by "mutual consent":
Huddersfield Town @htafcdotcom
📝 David Wagner has departed his role as Head Coach of #htafc by mutual consent. 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. ➡️ https://t.co/dDWWOpY9HY (AT) https://t.co/BkeAcalGuJ
As reported by David Threlfall-Sykes of the club's official website, Mark Hudson will take charge of the team for their next outing, a visit from defending Premier League champions Manchester City.
Club chairman Dean Hoyle thanked Wagner and explained he did not wish to sack the coach, but he himself asked for a break:
"I’d like to begin by thanking David for all he has achieved at Huddersfield Town over the last three-and-a-half years. 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.
"[...] 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.
"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’ve 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. David has a real, genuine love for this club and, like me, his foremost concern in our talks has been to establish what is best for Huddersfield Town."
Wagner had been in charge of the club since 2015 and guided the Terriers to their first Premier League stint and first spell in the top division since 1972 during the 2016-17 campaign.
Huddersfeld shocked many by avoiding relegation last season, but the current campaign has not gone smoothly. They sit in last place, taking just two wins out of 22 fixtures, and they haven't won a match in any competition since November.
With just 13 goals scored, they have been the least prolific team in the division, and their 37 goals conceded is the sixth-worst mark.
Despite those numbers, Wagner's departure still came as a shock:
Per sportswriter Henry Winter, he will leave a tremendous legacy at the club:
His replacement will face a daunting task. The Terriers were never expected to find any success in the Premier League when they were first promoted, and saving them from relegation seems nearly impossible.
On top of that, the fans and local community will compare the next boss' work to that of Wagner, who overachieved tremendously.
The former U.S. international will likely be a wanted man when he decides to return to coaching.