WAG­NER COOL AS HIS ALLY WAITS TO LEAVE

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ben Baker

MAN­AGER David Wag­ner in­sists noth­ing will de­rail Hud­der­s­field’s push for pro­mo­tion fol­low­ing the news that head of foot­ball op­er­a­tions Stu­art Web­ber has been placed on gar­den­ing leave.

Fol­low­ing spec­u­la­tion link­ing him with a move to Nor­wich City, a state­ment on Thurs­day from Hud­der­s­field an­nounced that Web­ber was on leave un­til the mat­ter was re­solved.

The news could have come as a blow to Wag­ner, with Web­ber play­ing a big part in brin­ing the German to the club in 2015.

The duo also worked to­gether in the sum­mer over­haul of the play­ing staff, which led to a to­tal of 13 new re­cruits join­ing the club.

But Wag­ner is only fo­cus­ing on one thing – lead­ing the Ter­ri­ers to the Premier League, with the club head­ing into this week­end sat third in the Cham­pi­onship.

“I am not dis­ap­pointed about this – this is foot­ball busi­ness. He has made his de­ci­sion,” Wag­ner said.

“It is merely an­other op­por­tu­nity to demon­strate the team are in­de­pen­dent from ev­ery­thing around them.

“Our fo­cus is on some­thing much more im­por­tant than Stu­art Web­ber. Ev­ery­one knows how im­por­tant he was in bring­ing me to the club, but it was the chair­man (Dean Hoyle) who made the de­ci­sion to ap­point me.

“Stu­art did a lot in this job but, like ev­ery­one, it would have been nice to leave via the front door.

“Ob­vi­ously he has de­cided to use an­other door but that is his de­ci­sion.

“We al­ways plan and re­cruit to­gether. Of­ten, I would give him ad­vice and he would try to make it hap­pen. Some­times, he gave me some names to fol­low.

“The prob­lem is not who the sport­ing di­rec­tor is, but the fact we don’t know what divi­sion we will be play­ing in next year.

“It’s a good prob­lem which we will solve.”

IN LIMBO: Stu­art Web­ber

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