Whoever replaces Mark Lillis as Academy Manager at Huddersfield Town will have “massive boots to fill”.

That’s the view of former Town striker Dale Tempest, a teammate of the 56-year-old Lillis at Leeds Road back in the 1980s.

Lillis parted company with Town as Academy boss earlier this week after four-and-a-half years in the job.

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Tempest says he hopes the club can recruit a top-quality replacement who can build on the good work already done.

“I was really, really disappointed to hear the news my good friend Mark Lillis was leaving the club,” said Tempest.

“Mark is a Terrier through and through and I can’t imagine whoever fills the role could ever get close to the commitment, loyalty and love Mark has for Huddersfield Town.

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“I am looking in from afar, but the perception has always been that Town were producing kids ready for the first team, and certainly punching above their weight at Academy level.

“So I have to admit I was surprised to see Mark leave.

“Whoever replaces him has got some massive boots to fill.”