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Huddersfield on brink of sacking manager

Huddersfield Town are on the brink of sacking their manager, according to reports, after just nine months of being in charge .

The struggling side could be facing a second successive relegation with the club currently sitting 22nd in the Championship table with seven games remaining.

They are level on points with Hull City (42), who sit just outside the relegation zone. Also firmly in the battle to avoid the drop are Barnsley, Luton, Stoke, Middlesbrough, Charlton and Wigan.

The Terriers’ next fixture is against Birmingham City who sit 16th in the table, and are seven points ahead of the drop zone.

Football Insider state that the hierarchy of the Championship strugglers are weighing up the shock move of ending his reign.

A Huddersfield source has told the website that Cowley and his assistant brother Nicky are “under serious pressure” to keep their jobs.

They may be given one more match in charge but if they are, Wednesday’s 6pm showdown at St Andrews is likely to be make-or-break.

Cowley’s side lost 3-1 to Nottingham Forest on Sunday, which could lead to the board taking drastic action to avoid suffering back-to-back relegations.

Cowley reacted strongly to Town’s defeat yesterday and claimed the club would only get relegated “over my dead body”.

He said: “I thought we were in a good place in the game first half, we certainly put some good balls in the box but we didn’t have enough cutting edge, and that was disappointing,” said the boss.

“We wanted to regroup second half, but then we just conceded such a soft goal. Our defensive line looked out of structure and Lewis Grabban is going to take those sort of chances.

“At 2-0 down we carried on fighting and I thought we had some good control in the game, but if you are soft in both boxes then don’t expect to win.

“It’s not about looking good between the boxes, it’s about winning football matches.”

Cowley added: “We showed some softness, physically.

“Maybe we had one or two feeling sorry for themselves, but we don’t have time for that.

“We have to suck up the disappointment, it’s not a good time to lose three games on the trot, but we have to try and reflect, to try and add in areas where we need to and I definitely think we need to improve our physicality in both boxes.

“And we always have to look at ourselves psychologically.

“We are a pretty determined group. I have trust in the players as footballers and as human beings.

“But there is no hiding place and this is hurting all of us now.

“We are on the floor at the moment, but we haven’t been counted out. And we are certainly not dead, and we are getting up.

“We will go again. We will get to Birmingham and you will see a real fighting performance there from us. Then we will dust ourselves down and you will see another fighting performance against Preston.

“Because over my dead body are we getting relegated.”

With Huddersfield on brink of sacking manager, fans reacted following the full time whistle of Sunday’s defeat…

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