The Football League Paper - - ADAM VIRGO -

DAVID Wag­ner de­serves to be given a chance at Hud­der­s­field. But I fear suc­cess for the Ger­man may harm the prospects of English coaches.

If he turns them around and does a lot bet­ter than Chris Pow­ell, you can eas­ily see chair­men around the coun­try think­ing ‘Maybe the for­eign route would work for us too’.

That said, more and more clubs – even those with English own­ers – are head­ing to­wards a con­ti­nen­tal sys­tem with a head coach and di­rec­tor of foot­ball.

For­eign man­agers are used to that. In Eng­land, we don’t like change. Man­agers don’t like be­ing told ‘Th­ese are your play­ers, now coach them’. They want full con­trol.

Un­for­tu­nately, Bri­tish man­agers may need to ac­cept this is the new re­al­ity or face be­ing over­looked.

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