Huddersfield Town Women FC first team manager Jordan Wimpenny has quit a week before the new season starts.

Wimpenny has issued a statement saying he was leaving the club for personal reasons. Highly-experienced Steve Appleton steps up from first team coach and becomes interim manager for the upcoming season.

Wimpenny’s statement says: “This has been by far one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make, my announcement to leave the club is one that has been thought about in great detail but sadly one I must take at this current moment.

“Personal circumstances have meant I must leave this great team of staff and players but knowing the club is in a great position is something that everyone should be looking forward to. I can’t thank everyone enough for their support.

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“The staff and players have been nothing but exceptional since I’ve been working with them but as I now leave the club I wish nothing but great success for all those involved.

“The supporters of the club will continue to see their side perform each week and strive to be the best they can. Once again I thank you and wish you all the very best for the future.”

Wimpenny became manager in April 2020 and transformed the club into a promotion chasing side.

Huddersfield finished top of the league when the Covid-19 pandemic halted the competition with Wimpenny’s side remaining unbeaten at home under his tenure.

Steve Appleton

When he was appointed in July, Appleton said: “I have lot of experience at this level and I know a lot of players and a lot of teams and hopefully we can continue the good work from last season.

“The team is ambitious, I’m ambitious. The team was top of the league when the pandemic struck and it was null and void.

“The ambition has got to be to maintain that top of the table position and hopefully go for promotion but I know it will be difficult as there are a lot of good teams out there.”

The new season starts on Sunday August 15.

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