He played a big part in the development of the club, didn’t he? In early November 2015, Huddersfield Town appointed David Wagner to take over the managerial role following Chris Powell’s departure.
Wagner arrived in West Yorkshire only able to boast having managed Borussia Dortmund’s second team for over four years. Having had such a lack of experience in a managerial role, never mind taking over a first-team before, lots of fans voiced their concerns, with fans of other clubs also mocking the appointment.
@htafcdotcom I was a bit surprised & disappointed yesterday but take a bow HTAFC UTT!
— Hudd Sports Massage (@Hudd_SMassageT) November 5, 2015
@htafcdotcom Huddersfield joining in with Charlton to see who can appoint the least qualified manager!
— Nick Challis (@NickChallis92) November 5, 2015
@htafcdotcom Probably get sacked in 12 months with no investment
— Liam (@LiamDund0n) November 5, 2015
— D Gubz (@guba1a) November 5, 2015
However, some Town fans did seem excited by the uncertainty of what to expect.
— Brooksy (@stewbrooks) November 5, 2015
@htafcdotcom DAVID WAGNER BARMY ARMYY
— Ashley Heppenstall (@heppy_98) November 5, 2015
— JB (@JBhtafc) November 5, 2015
@htafcdotcom absolutely fantastic appointment!
— Brandan (@BrandanHopper1) November 5, 2015
Six months after his appointment, Wagner helped Town steer clear of relegation in the Championship. It was the following season though in which the Terriers turned their fortunes around and were promoted to the Premier League for the first time via the playoffs. In their opening season in the top flight of English football, Town avoided relegation with a 16th placed finish and looked to build on that campaign the following season.
This campaign, it was just not the same with player recruitment and player performances not up to scratch. Wagner left in early January by mutual consent, allowing time for someone else to take over and potentially avoid relegation, but, understandably, it does not look like Jan Siewert will be able to pull off the impossible task.
Dean Hoyle struck absolute gold with this one.
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