WAGNER ALL SET TO CALL TUNE AT TERRIERS
HUDDERSFIELD Town caretaker manager Mark Lillis is confident new head coach David Wagner will march to the beat of his own drum.
Wagner has linked up with the struggling Terriers to become Chris Powell’s successor and boasts an impressive CV.
The 44-year-old was a former member of Jurgen Klopp’s coaching staff at Borussia Dortmund and had been tipped to become one of his backroom staff at Liverpool.
However, Lillis believes Wagner will not become a clone of his former boss when he takes the reins in Yorkshire.
He said: “I like Mr Klopp, he is a good man, I like the way he patrols his dugout and he is enthusiastic, a bit like myself.
“It will be good if David can bring Dortmund’s approach to Huddersfield, but he will be his own man.”
Wagner spent four years in charge of Dortmund’s reserve team, bringing through a host of talented players to the senior set-up.
The German-born coach, who won eight caps for the USA in his playing days as a striker, knows what it takes to prepare young players for the tough challenge of senior football and his credentials speak for themselves.
And Lillis, in his fourth spell as stand-in boss at Huddersfield, expects Wagner to stamp his authority on the club and turn things around.
“I think it’s a very good appointment,” he added. “From an academy point of view, it’s great because he has a lot of experience of working with young players.
“David comes in with a good pedigree, and we will welcome and embrace him as a club.
“You have to be positive when you go into a new club, you have to get across to the players what you are about, as the dressing room is massively important.”
Lillis took charge of yesterday’s 3-0 home defeat against Leeds, giving the watching Wagner plenty to ponder.
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