English second-division side Huddersfield Town have appointed former Borussia Dortmund II coach and U.S. international David Wagner as their new manager.
Wagner, 44 replaces former Charlton manager and player Chris Powell who was sacked on Wednesday following Huddersfield 2-2 away draw with Reading. He was expected to join Liverpool’s coaching staff following ‘close friend’ Jürgen Klopp’s arrival as Liverpool manager. He was also best man at Klopp’s wedding.
It is understood Huddersfield academy Mark Lillis will be in charge for the teams Championship Saturday Derby fixture against Leeds, with Wagner taking the reins on Monday. He played for a number of clubs, including Eintracht Frankfurt, Mainz, (where he first got to know his big mate Klopp), and Schalke. One of his Schalke teammates, Thomas Dooley, like Wagner also a German-American, recommended Wagner to then-USMNT Coach Steve Sampson as a potential international. Wagner, born in Geinsheim am Rhein of an American father and German mother, went on to earn eight caps for the Americans. The former striker holds a UEFA Pro Licence from his first coaching job at Hoffenheim Under 17s.
Huddersfield chairman Dean Hoyle stated: “David’s football philosophy is directly in line with ours; he fits for what we need. It is a new departure for us. He will be head coach; he is the club’s first from outside the UK and Ireland and he brings a new approach and new ideas. He also added: In his own words, and as we hope will be seen in practice, his playing style echoes the one that has brought Borussia Dortmund such success over the last five years.”
The former Dortmund Under-23 boss quits after 4 years in charge, he helped the reserve side to promotion to the German third tier back in 2013, but they were relegated back in to the regionalised fourth tier last year.
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