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Loyal supporter set to buy relegated Huddersfield

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[FILE] Huddersfield Town players celebrate victory during the English Premier League football match between Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United at the John Smith’s stadium in Huddersfield, northern England on August 20, 2017. Huddersfield Town beat Newcastle United 1-0. Anthony Devlin / AFP


Huddersfield Town announced Friday that an agreement was in place for the sale of the club to lifelong fan Phil Hodgkinson.

The already-relegated Terriers’ match against Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday could now be Dean Hoyle’s last as chairman, provided the takeover is approved by English football authorities.

Huddersfield, defying most predictions, have spent the past two years in the top flight.

Hodgkinson is set to take a 75 percent controlling ownership, with Hoyle, in charge for the past 10 years, retaining a minority stake and remaining on the Yorkshire club’s board of directors.

“My heart doesn’t want me to sell and I believe the Manchester United game will probably be the most emotional day of my life,” Hoyle told the club’s website.

“However, my head is telling me that, after 10 years of total dedication and my recent ill health, I need to do what is right for myself, my family and Huddersfield Town.

“I have chosen Phil not just because he is an astute businessman with strong desire and determination to succeed, but because as ‘one of our own’ he will always have the club’s best interests at heart.”

Meanwhile Hodgkinson moved to back under-pressure manager Jan Siewert, by adding: “My number one priority is to give every support I can to Jan in order to make us as good as we can be on the pitch.

“Our aim is to get back to winning football matches and to put smiles back on the faces of our supporters after a tough season.”

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