David Wagner’s fairytale story with Huddersfield Town has come to a sorry end, with the German being relieved of his duties at the John Smith’s Stadium on Monday night.
Wagner worked miracles on a tight budget with the Terriers, taking them from relegation to favourites to playoff winners in his first season in charge, before then helping them maintain their Premier League status last term.
However, they have been rooted towards the bottom of the Premier League table for the majority of the season, now finding themselves 20th on just 11 points, picking up only two wins from 22 matches.
Relegation appears inevitable for the club, forcing those at the top to make the difficult decision to release Wagner, who has undoubtedly written his name into Huddersfield folklore. The ruthless nature and riches of the Premier League made a decision look likely, as the team look to find a coach who can drag them out of the bottom three.
Doing so will be no easy task, particularly when you consider the fact this is a team that has scored just 13 games all season. The current favourite to do so is former Huddersfield defender Mark Hudson, who has been placed in caretaker charge and is the early frontrunner at 3/1 with Betfair.
Hudson has no managerial experience at this level, but spent the last three years of his career with Huddersfield and is currently coach of their U23s side. Following him, unsurprisingly, is survival expert Sam Allardyce.
Allardyce has been out of work since the end of last season where he saw his spell at Everton cut short, though he is someway behind Hudson at 10/1 with BetVictor. A host of bookmakers are offering 10/1 on both Carlos Carvalhal and David Moyes, while recently sacked Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic is 11/1 with William Hill.
The next three in the frame are Alan Pardew (14/1), Chris Coleman (16/1) and Chris Wilder (20/1).
Full Next Huddersfield Manager Odds:
- Mark Hudson at 3/1
- Sam Allardyce at 10/1
- Carlos Carvalhal at 10/1
- David Moyes at 10/1
- Slavisa Jokanovic at 11/1
- Alan Pardew at 14/1
- Chris Coleman at 16/1
- Chris Wilder at 20/1