Huddersfield Town have confirmed Mark Lillis will take temporary charge after Mark Robins’ departure as manager.

The popular academy chief and former player will join forces with Steve Thompson and Steve Eyre to guide the club until Robins is replaced.

Steve Thompson and Steve Eyre
Steve Thompson and Steve Eyre
 

Assistant manager Thompson and first-team coach Eyre started the build-up to the Capital One Cup first-round tie at Chesterfield on Tuesday when they took training on Sunday.

Town are out to bounce back from the 4-0 opening-day Championship humbling at home to Bournemouth which led to Robins, who termed the performance a “disgrace”, leaving the club by mutual consent.

 

Lillis said: “As a Club – staff, players and fans alike – we have to pull together and move on.

“Due to the integration of the club’s first team and academy set-up at PPG Canalside, the players see me every day.

“That makes it as smooth a transition for them as possible, which is a positive.

“We have a cup game at Chesterfield on Tuesday, which is an important one for the club and players after the performance and result on Saturday.

“We must go into the cup game to win and play how we can. A win could kick-off a run.

“I know the fans will get behind the players if they put a shift in and we’ve challenged the players to do that.”

Hugely experienced academy chief Lillis, 54, and former Manchester City coach, Rochdale manager and Town development chief Eyre, 42, had a spell in caretaker charge before Robins’ arrival in February 2013.

Thompson, 49, who enjoyed success as assistant manager of Blackpool, arrived as part of a coaching reshuffle in which Eyre was promoted this close-season.

Town also have tough league assignments at Cardiff on Saturday and Reading on Tuesday before their next home game against Charlton on August 23.