The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Paddy von Behr

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.

PEDI­GREE: David Wag­ner

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