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David Wagner: Huddersfield Town manager leaves club by mutual consent

Wagner was named the 2016-17 Championship manager of the year

David Wagner has left Huddersfield Town as manager by mutual consent with the club bottom of the Premier League.

The German, 47, took over as Terriers boss in November 2015 and led them to promotion to the Premier League in 2016-17 via the Championship play-offs.

Huddersfield were one of the favourites for relegation last season but Wagner kept them up with a 16th-place finish.

They have struggled this season, with just 11 points from 22 games, and are eight points adrift of safety.

Wagner's departure a 'truly joint decision'

Town chairman Dean Hoyle called it a "sad day" after Wagner's achievements took him among the "greats" of the club.

Hoyle said in a statement: "I would 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 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.

Watch: Wagner's final Match of the Day interview as Huddersfield Town manager.

"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.

"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's last game in-charge came in Saturday's goalless draw at fellow relegation candidates Cardiff, when the visitors were denied a late penalty.

He was named Championship Manager of the Year after leading the west Yorkshire side into the top-flight and claimed the Premier League Manager of the Month award in in August 2017.

In all, Wagner had a 33.1% win ratio from his 154 games as boss.

Coach Mark Hudson will take charge of the next league game against champions Manchester City on Sunday.

Analysis - Wagner will be remembered with great affection

BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty

There was genuine warmth tinged with sadness in the words of Huddersfield Town chairman Dean Hoyle as he announced David Wagner was leaving the club by mutual consent.

And this was perfectly understandable given the scale of the charismatic German's achievements at the Terriers since he was a surprise appointment to replace Chris Powell in November 2015.

Wagner set aside the comparisons with his great friend Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool to fashion a side in his own image, full of energy, endeavour and fearlessness as they achieved what many regarded as the impossible by reaching the Premier in May 2017 after winning a Wembley penalty shoot-out against Reading.

If this was not enough, he produced another outstanding feat of management to keep Huddersfield Town in the Premier League last term, battling against sides with much richer resources to show grit and resilience to stay up, safety assured with outstanding draws at newly-crowned champions Manchester City and at Chelsea at the campaign's climax.

Life has been tougher this season, Wagner's side undermined by a lack of a goalscorer and eight points from safety after only two wins from 22 games. Relegation looks inevitable.

Wagner, however, will be remembered with great affection whatever the outcome this season as the man who brought the fairytale to Huddersfield Town and whose effervescent personality galvanised the club and the town during his time in west Yorkshire.


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David Wagner: Huddersfield Town manager leaves club by mutual consent

Wagner was named the 2016-17 Championship manager of the year

David Wagner has left Huddersfield Town as manager by mutual consent with the club bottom of the Premier League.

The German, 47, took over as Terriers boss in November 2015 and led them to promotion to the Premier League in 2016-17 via the Championship play-offs.

Huddersfield were one of the favourites for relegation last season but Wagner kept them up with a 16th-place finish.

They have struggled this season, with just 11 points from 22 games, and are eight points adrift of safety.

Wagner's departure a 'truly joint decision'

Town chairman Dean Hoyle called it a "sad day" after Wagner's achievements took him among the "greats" of the club.

Hoyle said in a statement: "I would 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 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.

Watch: Wagner's final Match of the Day interview as Huddersfield Town manager.

"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.

"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's last game in-charge came in Saturday's goalless draw at fellow relegation candidates Cardiff, when the visitors were denied a late penalty.

He was named Championship Manager of the Year after leading the west Yorkshire side into the top-flight and claimed the Premier League Manager of the Month award in in August 2017.

In all, Wagner had a 33.1% win ratio from his 154 games as boss.

Coach Mark Hudson will take charge of the next league game against champions Manchester City on Sunday.

Analysis - Wagner will be remembered with great affection

BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty

There was genuine warmth tinged with sadness in the words of Huddersfield Town chairman Dean Hoyle as he announced David Wagner was leaving the club by mutual consent.

And this was perfectly understandable given the scale of the charismatic German's achievements at the Terriers since he was a surprise appointment to replace Chris Powell in November 2015.

Wagner set aside the comparisons with his great friend Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool to fashion a side in his own image, full of energy, endeavour and fearlessness as they achieved what many regarded as the impossible by reaching the Premier in May 2017 after winning a Wembley penalty shoot-out against Reading.

If this was not enough, he produced another outstanding feat of management to keep Huddersfield Town in the Premier League last term, battling against sides with much richer resources to show grit and resilience to stay up, safety assured with outstanding draws at newly-crowned champions Manchester City and at Chelsea at the campaign's climax.

Life has been tougher this season, Wagner's side undermined by a lack of a goalscorer and eight points from safety after only two wins from 22 games. Relegation looks inevitable.

Wagner, however, will be remembered with great affection whatever the outcome this season as the man who brought the fairytale to Huddersfield Town and whose effervescent personality galvanised the club and the town during his time in west Yorkshire.


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Lampard: No spying at Chelsea

Last Updated: 14/01/19 5:25pm

2:33 Frank Lampard has rubbished claims that Chelsea previously used 'spying' tactics

Frank Lampard has rubbished claims that Chelsea previously used 'spying' tactics

Derby manager Frank Lampard has dismissed suggestions that his former club Chelsea previously used 'spying' tactics similar to those employed by Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa.

The former Chelsea midfielder was left angered when a Leeds employee was removed from Derby's training ground a day ahead of the Sky Bet Championship leaders' 2-0 victory over his side at Elland Road on Friday evening.

Shortly after the game, a 2011 Telegraph interview with Andre Villas-Boas resurfaced, during which he admitted that while working under Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho he would "travel to training grounds, often incognito" to secretly watch opposition in training to illicit further information.

Andre Villas-Boas was a scout and later become manager during Frank Lampard's time at Chelsea

Andre Villas-Boas was a scout and later become manager during Frank Lampard's time at Chelsea

"To say this thing is commonplace in the modern game, I don't believe it all," Lampard, who spent 13 years at Stamford Bridge, said.

"There were talks about Chelsea used to do this years ago - I certainly wasn't aware of it and I don't believe it at all.

"Certainly not in the form that it's happened this time."

4:18 Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa admits that he sent a member of staff to Derby's training ground

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa admits that he sent a member of staff to Derby's training ground

Bielsa admitted that sending a staff member to Derby's training session was regular procedure for him, with the incident now under investigation by the Football Association and English Football League.

The two bodies are understood to be in communication on the matter, but there are currently no rules relating to inter-club espionage.

"I know it's a conversation between the FA and the EFL, so whether it's league or FA, it's for them to decide and for them to decide if they feel it's worthy of a punishment," Lampard added.

3:56 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds and Derby

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds and Derby

"It's how much the league or the FA decide they want to stop what happened going forward, or if they don't."

Although the Leeds employee was removed by police at the request of Derby, he was not breaking any laws by observing the training session.

However, Lampard was keen to reiterate that the individual was in possession of pliers and could in fact have gone on to break the law if there had not been an intervention.

1:39 Southampton boss Ralph Hassenhuttl reveals his previous use of scouts

Southampton boss Ralph Hassenhuttl reveals his previous use of scouts

"Legal in terms of law has never been the actual benchmark of sport, there are different benchmarks and the fact is it wasn't peeking over a fence," Lampard said.

"It was on hands and knees with pliers in hand, so it seems that there was intention and it stopped before that."

Derby return to action on Wednesday evening as they travel to Southampton for their FA Cup third-round replay.

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Loan Watch: Ospina keeps clean sheet for Napoli

There were high hopes for Lucas Torreira when he joined us in the summer of 2018, but few could have predicted how well he would adapt to life in England.

The Uruguay international has already cemented his place as a regular starter, as well as winning the hearts of the fans at Emirates Stadium.
 
But what is the secret behind Torreira’s success to date?
 
"I think the most important thing for me is hard work and that day-to-day learning," he said. "I'm part of a squad that has got some stars within it, people who have achieved a lot throughout their entire careers.
 
"I'm very young but I'm obviously within that squad and able to learn as a result of that. For me, I'm the kind of person who really likes to work hard.

"I like dedicating a lot of time to what I love most, which is football. Then when I'm on the pitch, I try to give 100 per cent and try to help the team in various aspects.
 
"I'm really motivated to be a part of this team and I want to continue growing as part of this squad, which I think is a very good one.
 
"It's incredible really to be able to be in the same squad as a player like Mesut Ozil and obviously other players too, players that have achieved a lot and have great quality. It makes me proud.
 
"I'm happy to be able to be in the same squad, and I try to learn from them when I'm on the pitch. It's about gelling and trying to enjoy myself on the field of play so that fans have something to shout about."

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EFL essential stats: Hull’s winning run

Hull boss Nigel Adkins saw his side beat Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday

Hull boss Nigel Adkins saw his side beat Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday

Hull's winning run, Ipswich and Norwich feature in our look at the top stats and facts from the weekend's Sky Bet EFL action.

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Hull's remarkable run

Hull beat Sheffield Wednesday to record their sixth successive win, their best run at second-tier level since 1910. Only Leeds have enjoyed a longer winning run in the Sky Bet Championship this season. Further back, the Tigers are unbeaten in nine since November 27 - in that period they've taken more points and scored more goals than anyone else.

1:07 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship game between Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship game between Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday

Respite for Ipswich

Ipswich recorded their third win of the season, beating Rotherham 1-0 despite having just three attempts on goal to Rotherham's 18. All three of Ipswich's league wins this season have come when they have had fewer shots than their opponents, and in each of their last two victories the Tractor Boys scored from their only shot on target.

1:24 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship game between Ipswich and Rotherham

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship game between Ipswich and Rotherham

Norwich's impact players

Jordan Rhodes came on to score an 83rd-minute equaliser for Norwich at West Brom, the seventh time a Canaries substitute has scored in the Championship this season - only Preston (eight) have had more goals from off the bench.

Daniel Farke's side have showed plenty of resolve this season - the point they won at The Hawthorns was their 18th from losing positions and their 10th won in the last ten minutes this season, both Championship highs.

1:46 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship game between West Brom and Norwich

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship game between West Brom and Norwich

Bad omen for Blades?

Despite Rhodes' best efforts, Norwich are down to third after Sheffield United recorded a fourth successive victory, beating QPR 1-0. Chris Wilder's side play Swansea in front of Sky Sports cameras this weekend hoping to clock up five straight wins at Championship level for the first time since 2009. Ominously for the Blades, this is the third time this season they've won four in a row, and on the previous two occasions they lost their next game.

0:58 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship game between Sheffield United and QPR

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship game between Sheffield United and QPR

Pompey's home struggles

Sky Bet League One leaders Portsmouth suffered a rare defeat, going down 1-0 at home to Blackpool. As good as Pompey have been this season, this is becoming something of a regular thing for Fratton Park regulars - four of their five defeats this season in all competitions have come at home.

1:18 Highlights of the Sky Bet League One game between Portsmouth and Blackpool

Highlights of the Sky Bet League One game between Portsmouth and Blackpool

Bury roar back

Bury provided the most drama in the EFL this weekend. With 20 minutes to go they trailed 3-1 at home to MK Dons, but late goals from Dominic Telford, Danny Mayor and Nicky Adams gave the Shakers a famous win.

Remarkably this was Bury's second two-goal comeback inside five days - they also came back from 2-0 down to beat Accrington in the Checkatrade Trophy last Tuesday. Prior to this Bury hadn't won from two goals behind since beating Colchester in February 2016.

2:41 Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two game between Bury and MK Dons

Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two game between Bury and MK Dons

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