Dean Hoyle is standing down as Huddersfield chairman after 10 years in the post and selling the club to lifelong fan Phil Hodgkinson. Sunday’s Premier League game against Manchester United will be Hoyle’s final home fixture in charge of the club.
The 52-year-old will retain a minority stake in the club but a commercial agreement is in place to sell the club to Hodgkinson, who will take a 75% controlling ownership. Hodgkinson, the CEO and founder of the PURE Business Group, will step down from his role as an owner and director at National League North side Southport.
“Huddersfield Town is in my blood and has always been one of my greatest passions,” he said. “I’m so excited to have the opportunity to take this club forward.” Hoyle oversaw Huddersfield’s transformation from an ambitious League One side to a Premier League outfit capable of giving anyone a game during the club’s most successful period in 40 years.
“My heart doesn’t want me to sell the club,” said Hoyle. “I believe the Manchester United game will probably be the most emotional day of my life. “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 and that is pass the reins to a new chairman who can take our club to a new chapter in its history.”