Huddersfield Town’s decision to sack Chris Powell was made “weeks before” his final game in charge at Reading.
Four weeks on from the parting of the ways, chairman Dean Hoyle confirmed the timing of the former manager’s departure was sorted well in advance of the 2-2 Championship draw at the Madejski Stadium.
While Town are now 21st in the table after being 18th when Powell went, Hoyle is optimistic about the future under German head coach David Wagner, whose appointment was announced the day after.
“The decision on Chris was made weeks before and not based particularly on results,” said Hoyle of the man who last season led Town to a final position of 16th, their highest in the second tier since 1999-2000, when they were eighth under Steve Bruce.
“I think Chris did okay with what he had at his disposal, but I felt we were treading water as a club and needed a fresh approach.
“And we listened to supporters who said they weren’t happy with what they saw as a negative brand of football.
“To me, there was a bigger risk in sticking than moving.
“Chris is a good man and while he didn’t agree with our decision, he took it on the chin and we parted amicably.”
Hoyle explained why he thought former Borussia Dortmund reserve team coach Wagner, the fifth team chief he has appointed since taking control of the club in 2008, would bring the “fresh approach” he was seeking.
“We needed something different, a way of getting the absolute best out of the squad,” he added.
“We don’t just want safety but to push on and to excite our supporters.
“We were looking for a new style of organisation, fitness and play.
“David was open to a move to England and we had a close look at the Dortmund model and were impressed with what we saw. Things developed from there.”
Despite defeats by Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough, Hoyle likes what he has seen so far.
“David is a good tactician and a good manager,” he said ahead of Saturday’s visit to Birmingham City.
“His ideas on training are different to other managers and coaches we have had. And both he and (assistant) Christoph Buhler are totally committed to their jobs.”