Huddersfield Town sack manager Darren Moore

Huddersfield Town announce that they have parted company with manager Darren Moore, who was only appointed in September.

Huddersfield Town have announced that they have sacked manager Darren Moore.

In September, Moore – who had won League One promotion with Sheffield Wednesday during 2022-23 – was selected as the replacement for Neil Warnock.

The hope was that the 49-year-old could establish the Terriers away from the Championship relegation zone after their near-miss during the previous campaign.

However, after winning just three of his 23 matches in all competitions, Moore has been relieved of his duties at the John Smith’s Stadium.

One of 11 draws came on Sunday afternoon at Queens Park Rangers, Huddersfield having taken an 86th-minute lead at Loftus Road before conceding a 95th-minute equaliser.

Huddersfield Town's Sorba Thomas and Jonathan Hogg look dejected as they leave the pitch at half time on October 28, 2023© Reuters

Rather than moving six points clear of their relegation rivals, the gap remains at three points, and it has led to Huddersfield’s hierarchy choosing to go in a different direction.

Speaking to the club’s official website, owner and chairman Kevin Nagle said: “We have to make this decision to give us the best chance of maintaining our Sky Bet Championship status come the end of the season.

“Darren is a fantastic man, and he has worked tirelessly since taking the job back in September. I know I speak for everyone at the club in wishing him the very best for the future.

“We appointed Darren on the strength of his credentials as a manager, but it is now clear that this has not worked as we envisaged and hoped. There have absolutely been mitigating circumstances, such as the high number of injuries that Darren has had to cope with, but we have still not seen enough on the pitch in terms of results or the direction of travel in playing style and performances.

“I believe that our current squad is capable of more, particularly on the back of the work we have carried out in this transfer window, and we’re quickly moving to identify the right person to lead them through a crucial period of the season. We hope to make that managerial appointment soon.”

John Eustace, Gary Rowett and Paul Heckingbottom – all of whom have left jobs at Birmingham City, Millwall and Sheffield United this season – are currently among the frontrunners with bookmakers.

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