David Wagner will have no direct input into the appointment of Huddersfield Town’s next academy manager.

The club’s head of football operations, Stuart Webber, has revealed head coach Wagner will be “taken out of the equation” when it comes to filling the post previously held by Mark Lillis.

After four and a half years in the job, 56-year-old Lillis parted company with Town as the club seek to “move to the next level” in their production of young players for the first team.

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“With every change there is always risk, but we have to back ourselves as individuals and as a club to make the right decisions,” said Webber.

“When we replaced Chris Powell with David Wagner as head coach it was very left field, but I would think with what’s happened in a short space of time under David we’ve shown we are moving in the right direction.

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“We have to try and work towards another level because if we keep doing the same things we will get the same results.

“Our academy costs £1.5m a year to run (£1m from the club) and that’s a lot of money, so for that we have to produce players – simple as that.

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“The first team are judged on results and the academy is judged on players getting in the first team and, if you look over the last few years, there probably haven’t been enough players consistently (doing that).

“Also, when you look at the group of players who are next, do we see that changing any time soon? Maybe not, so we’ve had to take some drastic action and a decision which has not been easy, it’s been very, very hard and considered over a long time.

“Now we’ve made the decision, we have to back ourselves and move forward.”

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So will Wagner be directly involved in the academy appointment, given he’s the man who picks the first team?

“The academy is not dependent on who the manager or head coach is, that’s a much bigger picture,” answered Webber.

“Hopefully David will be with us for a long and successful time, but this is not a managerial decision and it will be made separately to David.”

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Webber says every area of player production will be looked at to build on the work which has already been done in the successful Under 18 and Under 21 Development sides.

“We have to safeguard the academy for the community and the club moving forward, with a pathway for our own young players – and a clear one for players from 12, 13 and 14 years of age,” he said.

“We have to provide that clear pathway to the first team and build on the talent we’ve got and the leadership of that talent.

“We have to have a plan and work to make sure we can achieve our targets, and that means looking at every area, not just one.”