Neil Warnock will be departing from Huddersfield after their Wednesday home game against Stoke. The 74-year-old, who initially joined the club on a short-term deal in February to prevent relegation from the Championship, later signed a one-year contract in the summer. Warnock, along with his assistant Ronnie Jepson, has decided to step down from their roles as part of the club’s long-term plans following an internal overhaul.
Huddersfield’s Chief Executive, Jake Edwards, confirmed that Wednesday’s match would mark Neil and Ronnie’s final game with the club. He expressed gratitude for their achievements over the past seven months and acknowledged their role in keeping the team in the Championship, solidifying their legendary status.
The decision to part ways with Warnock and Jepson is aligned with Huddersfield’s ambition to return to the Premier League. The club aims to make a longer-term managerial appointment as part of this plan. This decision was made following discussions with Neil Warnock, who agreed that now is the appropriate time for a managerial change.
Neil Warnock’s return to Huddersfield marked his second spell with the club, two decades after his first. He played a crucial role in orchestrating a remarkable escape from relegation. While his initial short-term contract was extended into a one-year deal, Warnock was aware that his tenure might not last the entire duration of the contract.
The club’s new American owner, Kevin Nagle, has a three-year plan to reach the Premier League and is overseeing various changes off the pitch. Warnock anticipated his departure around Christmas but understood the need for the club to swiftly transition to a new managerial era. He expressed disappointment and will miss his players, emphasizing the importance of open communication between him and the club regarding their mutual decision to part ways.