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Huddersfield sack manager Ternent

Stan Ternent
Ternent won only four of his 15 League One games in charge this season

Huddersfield have sacked manager Stan Ternent after six months in charge.

The 62-year-old was only appointed boss in April but won just four of his 15 League One games at the helm this season, despite signing 11 new players.

His final game in charge was Saturday's 3-2 home win over Crewe, which left the Terriers 16th in the table.

Chairman-elect Dean Hoyle told BBC Radio Leeds: "I had a sit down with Stan yesterday and we have a difference of opinion that had to come forward."

I believe eventually Stan would have gotten this club promoted, maybe not this year but next year. But when you have a difference of opinion on some matters, maybe it's not for us

Huddersfield chairman-elect Dean Hoyle

He continued: "The players' management wanted to go one way and the board of directors felt we need to go another way.

"We had a board meeting first thing this morning [Tuesday] and came to the unanimous decision to go our separate ways mutually."

Ternent's management team of assistant Ronnie Jepson and first-team coach Mick Docherty have also left the club.

Hoyle added: "Whether you're top of the table or bottom, if the management and the board of directors have a difference of opinion, which wasn't the same difference when Stan took the job, then you've got to go our separate ways.

"We've shook hands and I wish Stan, Ronnie and Doc the best. It's a shame it has come to this.

"Twelve, 13, 14 games for Stan is not long enough. I also believe eventually Stan would have gotten this club promoted, maybe not this year but next year. But when you have a difference of opinion on some matters, maybe it's not for us."

The club have also announced the departure of vice-chairman Andrew Watson, who played an integral part in the appointment of Ternent as Andy Ritchie's successor.

A club statement said: "Huddersfield Town has some great supporters and tremendous potential as well as great history and the search is now on to find someone who can harness these elements and take the club forward."

Ternent's appointment at the Galpharm Stadium came three years after his previous managerial job at Gillingham came to an end.

He started his managerial career at Blackpool but enjoyed his greatest successes at Bury and Burnley, guiding both to promotion to what is now the Championship.

Jon Robb, chairman of the Heavy Woollen branch of the supporters' group, said: "Most Town supporters will be pleased.

"The timing is a bit of a surprise though and we didn't really expect it.

"Stan has only just come out and said he never walks away from any job and that he was going to turn it around, so to leave by mutual consent is a bit surprising.

"Stan was not the man to take us up to the Championship."

The West Yorkshire club have now had four managers in less than two years.

Robb added: "We are not a big club or a small club, we fall in between which is a problem in attracting the manager with the whole package.

"We have a good crowd base and a good chairman elect in Dean Hoyle, who is Town mad.

"So the base is there to push on, we just need the right manager in charge, because we should be higher up."

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see also
Manager Ternent refuses to panic
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Hoyle backs Ternent for success
13 Oct 08 |  Huddersfield
Ternent named Huddersfield boss
24 Apr 08 |  Huddersfield

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