The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO -

Born: Tre­bur, Ger­many, 1971 (Age 45) Play­ing ca­reer: A striker, Wag­ner made his de­but for Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt in 1990, then spent four years at Bun­desliga B side Mainz, scor­ing 19 goals in 94 matches. Signed by top-flight side Schalke in 1995, he featured only fit­fully but was part of the squad that won the UEFA Cup in 1997. Wag­ner then joined sec­ond-tier FC Guter­sloh, scor­ing seven times in 49 games be­fore the club was dis­solved in 1999. Af­ter five games for Mannheim, he moved to re­gional side SV Darm­stadt in 1999, scor­ing 21 goals in 76 games over three sea­sons. Wag­ner – who also won one cap for Ger­many Un­der-21s and eight full caps for the USA – re­tired in 2004 af­ter two sea­sons at TSG Wein­heim. Man­age­rial ca­reer: Fol­low­ing re­tire­ment, Wag­ner com­pleted a de­gree in sports science and bi­ol­ogy. He also coached un­der Klopp at Mainz, trained the Un­der-19s at FC 07 Ben­sheim in the Hes­sian Oberliga and took charge of the Un­der-17 and Un­der-19 side of TSG Hof­fen­heim. Af­ter leav­ing Hof­fen­heim in 2009, Wag­ner trained to be a science teacher but was per­suaded to re­turn to the game as man­ager of Dort­mund’s B side in 2011. He won the Re­gion­al­liga West ti­tle in his first sea­son, then achieved fin­ishes of 16th and 14th in the third tier be­fore suf­fer­ing rel­e­ga­tion in 2014-15. Wag­ner re­signed in Novem­ber 2015 and five days later was named man­ager of Hud­der­s­field Town. He led the Ter­ri­ers to 19th place and sur­vival in his first sea­son.

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