David Wagner was at Borussia Dortmund with Jurgen Klopp before he left back in November 2015 to manage Huddersfield Town- his first stint as a manager.
That was less than a month after Klopp had left to manage Liverpool.
And in the summer of 2016, Wagner brought in 13 players and went on a bonding tour to Sweden and in short, he got Huddersfield promoted via the playoffs in May of last year.
Huddersfield beat Newcastle in our second game of last season 2-1 after we had also lost our first game at Fulham 1-0.
And Huddersfield beat us again in our second game this season, 1-0 at John Smith’s Stadium last August, after we had also lost our first game 2-0 at home to Spurs.
David Wagner meets Rafa Benitez – Newcastle won away 3-1 last March
So Wagner has had some success against Rafa Benitez in his short but exceptional career so far as a manager.
We have to play the Terriers at home on March 31st – so hopefully we can win that game.
Huddersfield are currently in 17th place with a decent 27 points, one point less than Newcastle as 10 teams – half the league – are currently fighting against relegation.
Wagner has been interviewed in the Telegraph today, and he says that yes – there is pressure on his team to stay up – but there’s more pressure on bigger and more famous clubs like (for example) Newcastle United.
This is some of that Wagner has said in the Telegraph today:
“There are fixtures that are more winnable than others and maybe our advantage is that we are so calm and so clear in our head,”
“We know where we’ve come from and we really can be focused on what we have to do, rather than contend with all the other talk that maybe other teams who are in our situation have to deal with.”
“If we speak about pressure, what kind of pressure do Newcastle have?”
“Or Southampton? Or West Brom? They loaned Daniel Sturridge from Liverpool. This only shows how the pressure is on that club.”
“I’m very proud of where we are so far with 27 points from 27 games in the most difficult circumstances of any Premier League club for sure, not only financial wise.”
Wagner was born in Germany of an American father and German mother and played 8 times for the US team during his playing career as a striker.
He has done a fabulous job so far at Huddersfield, but we don’t think he will stay at the Terriers for too much longer.
Whether or not the Terriers survive this season there are going to be some bigger clubs after Wagner, who seems to have an excellent career ahead of him in football management.
What do you think?