WAG­NER PLAYS LONG HAUL GAME

Ter­ri­ers boss signs new con­tract un­til 2021

Daily Star - - PREMIER LEAGUE - By JA­SON MEL­LOR

DAVID WAG­NER has com­mit­ted his longterm fu­ture to Hud­der­s­field af­ter agree­ing a new £7m deal.

The Ger­man coach has signed a two-year con­tract ex­ten­sion to re­main at the John Smith’s Sta­dium un­til 2021.

The 46-year-old has been in de­mand af­ter mas­ter­mind­ing the Ter­ri­ers’ rise from the depths of the Cham­pi­onship to the Premier League, which cul­mi­nated in beat­ing the odds to se­cure their topflight sta­tus ear­lier this month.

Wag­ner earned a £2.5m bonus for pulling off the stun­ning sur­vival act af­ter his side had been writ­ten off as no-hop­ers.

Now his salary will be bumped up to more than £2m a year.

Jur­gen Klopp’s for­mer Borus­sia Dort­mund right-hand man had been linked with a re­turn to the Bun­desliga with Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt.

How­ever, Hud­der­s­field owner and chair­man Dean Hoyle had al­ways been con­fi­dent of ty­ing his head coach down to a new long-term deal.

Wag­ner said: “It wasn’t a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to stay be­cause we have some­thing spe­cial here. We’ve achieved some in­cred­i­ble things to­gether in my time at the club and I’m re­ally ex­cited about the fu­ture.

“We still have a lot of work to do as we adapt to life in the Premier League, but this club and its peo­ple have the am­bi­tion, de­sire and at­ti­tude to take the chal­lenge on.”

Wag­ner’s No.2 Christoph Buh­ler and first-team coach Andy Hughes have also agreed new deals un­til 2021.

Com­mit­ment

Hud­der­s­field beat Read­ing on penal­ties in the Cham­pi­onship play-off fi­nal 12 months ago to se­cure their re­turn to the top flight af­ter 45 years and a first sea­son of Premier League foot­ball.

Af­ter spend­ing just a sin­gle week in the rel­e­ga­tion zone all sea­son, the Ter­ri­ers sealed sur­vival with gritty draws against ti­tle-win­ning Manch­ester City and de­posed cham­pi­ons Chelsea in the space of four days at the start of May.

Hoyle said: “I never had any doubts about David’s fu­ture with us. Time and again he’s shown his com­mit­ment to the club as we have demon­strated our com­mit­ment to him.

“David is a very tal­ented head coach and I un­der­stand why he is so talked about and soughtafter, given the things he’s achieved here.

“He’s played a huge role in trans­form­ing Hud­der­s­field Town into the club it is to­day and we’re look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge of es­tab­lish­ing our­selves in the Premier League to­gether.”

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