Huddersfield set to name Tommy Elphick as player-manager for the final game of the season against Millwall, Football Insider can reveal.

The Championship club may even hand the defender, 32, the manager’s job on a permanent basis in what would be a shock move.

Huddersfield yesterday dismissed Danny Cowley just two days after Friday’s win over second-placed West Brom all but secured the club’s second tier survival.

The Terriers, who went down from the Premier League last term, hinted they already had a successor in place by revealing they are “not seeking applications” for the job.

A Huddersfield source has told Football Insider that former Aston Villa and Bournemouth captain Elphick could be now in line to take the reins in a sensational twist, although the club may have another option lined up.

This revelation comes after this site first broke the news at the end of last month that the Yorkshire club were ready to sack Cowley and his assistant manager brother Nicky Cowley.

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The Cowleys only lost one of their last six matches in charge, in which they also kept four clean sheets.

That run has left the Terriers 18th in the Championship, three points above the relegation zone with a goal difference 14 better than 22nd-placed Luton.

Now Elphick could replace the men lured from Lincoln City last September to replace Jan Siewert, who was sacked on 16 August after the Terriers made a poor start to the new Championship season as well as crashing out of the Carabao Cup.

The centre-back joined Huddersfield on a free transfer from Villa last summer after extensive playing experience in the Championship and League One.

In other news, Bielsa has been told to shake-up Bamford and promoted young Leeds striker.

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