David Wagner has left his post as head coach with Premier League strugglers Huddersfield Town by mutual consent, the club announced.
In a statement released on their website, Terriers chairperson Dean Hoyle explained: "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."
In 2017 Wagner guided Huddersfield back into English football’s top flight after decades away and kept them up at the first attempt last season.
They have struggled this term however, and they are rock bottom of the table with eleven points from 22 games - seven points for safety.
"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," continued Hoyle.
"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."
Former Town captain and current Under-23 coach Mark Hudson will take charge of the team in this weekend’s clash with defending Premier League champions Manchester City.
"He knows how to play our game at its best and he knows the squad, so he’s perfectly placed to do so. Along with the technical staff, we’ll give him all the support we can ahead of the game," added Hoyle.