Huddersfield Town announced yesterday that they had sacked manager Simon Grayson with immediate effect.

The former Leeds United boss took over from Lee Clark in February of last year, and got the Terriers promoted to the second tier, after defeating Sheffield United on penalties in the play-off final.

However, Huddersfield's performances this season have not been hitting chairman Dean Hoyle's targets, as they are currently on a 12-game winless run.

Hoyle told the club's official website: "We brought Simon in with the immediate aim to lead the Club to promotion and he did that at the first attempt. 

"It is an achievement for which we are grateful."

The Terriers chairman added: "However, having worked so hard to get back into the second tier we have to do everything we can to consolidate that position.

"After exceeding expectations in the early part of the season, our results and performances as a team and from individual players have tailed off alarmingly."

Huddersfield's recent results have seen them slip to 18th in the table, just seven points off the relegation places, despite winning four of their first seven games in the campaign.

Academy manager Mark Lillis has stepped up to take the first-team coach's position on a temporary basis, with Huddersfield hosting Leicester City in the FA Cup fourth round at the weekend.


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