For some time now, David Wagner has been making an impressive name for himself down in Yorkshire. Managing Huddersfield Town, the good friend of Jürgen Klopp has transformed himself into one of the best managers in the lower leagues. He was the BVB II manager and since then he’s gone on to become one of the finest young coaches in the English and German circuits. The chance of a Bundesliga job has always been on the horizon as his impressive body of work in Dortmund and Huddersfield began to add up.
At 45, it felt like his chance was finally going to arrive with a top German club. So, when Wolfsburg sacked Dieter Hecking and began looking for a young and ambitious coach, only one name seemed worth paying attention to. Fans of the Wolves, though, will be disappointed to know that Wagner has rejected this big opportunity in favour of continuing the work he has done so impressively so far.
Current Wolves coach, Valerien Ismael, looks set to move on following a disastrous tenure so far. The likes of Wagner would have been high up on the list, but the jovial German has shown no interest in throwing in the towel. With the chance of promotion still lingering in the background, Wagner might just be the person to get the Yorkshire club up into the Premier League. Then, he’d have far more stock and credibility – the chance of getting a more stable club than Wolfsburg would then open up.
Wagner is an impressive man, an individual with the ability to get young players striving to make the difference for him. He’s got an enigmatic style of play, too, which is beginning to really capture the hearts of the people of Huddersfield. Add in his wonderful knowledge of the game and his experience as both a player and manager, and Wagner brings a lot more to the table than many of his potential successors.
As such, you can see why he was such a wanted man by Bundesliga clubs. It will be of major relief, then, for Huddersfield fans to know that their current coach has no intention of moving on until the job is done.
In an impressive statement, Wagner stated that his commitment to the club was total.
“It’s important for me to clarify that my focus is on moving forward at Huddersfield Town. We want to develop what has been a good season so far into a great one, with the staff, players and fans together as one.
“I ask our fans to keep up the superb support they have given the players all season, starting with the game against Nottingham Forest on Boxing Day. We are creating something special here.”
If that does not show you his commitment to the cause, few things will. Not many mangers would reject a big club like Wolfsburg for a club such as Huddersfield, not least given their budget and divisional differences. Fair play to Wagner.