Town appoint David Wagner as new head coach

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 05/11/2015
Huddersfield Town have today announced the appointment of David Wagner as the club's new head coach.Town appoint David Wagner as new head coach

The 44-year-old German had been rumoured to be leaving his role as manager of Borussia Dortmund II to join Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool - but Town moved quickly to get their man.

Wagner, who was born to a German mother and American father, was a striker during his playing career that saw him win the UEFA Cup with Schalke 04 and represent the USA eight times.

He began his coaching career with the youth team at 1899 Hoffenheim before becoming manager of Dortmund II in July 2011.

Christoph Buhler will join Wagner as his assistant coach.

Town chairman Dean Hoyle told the club's official website

"In his own words, and as we hope will be seen in practise, his playing style echoes the one that has brought Borussia Dortmund such success over the last five years. Although the players are different, there are few fans who have watched that style in action and not found it enthralling to watch. I believe that will excite our fans.

"He also understands and believes in the Club's plan of producing and developing its own players. That was a major part of his job in charge of Borussia Dortmund II. He knows what it takes to prepare young footballers for the rigours of senior football. Perhaps most importantly, he has trust in young players, which it attractive to us.

"When we spoke with David, his knowledge of our squad was impressive and he already has firm ideas of where he wants to develop it going forward. He is very passionate and totally committed. He lives and breathes football and that fits the Club.

"There is definitely an element of risk to this, but that can be managed and I firmly believe this is the right direction for the Club to go in. I hope this appointment will reinvigorate us, bring excitement and allow us to make a big stride forward."


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