David Wagner rejects Wolfsburg to remain Huddersfield manager

Wagner rejects Wolfsburg to remain Huddersfield manager
By Eurosport

20/12/2016 at 23:11Updated 20/12/2016 at 23:50

David Wagner has no intention of leaving Championship promotion hopefuls Huddersfield Town to return to the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg.

Former USA international and Borussia Dortmund reserve coach Wagner, 45, rejected the chance to manage Wolfsburg on Tuesday, 13 months after he moved to England to become Huddersfield manager.

His team are fourth in the Championship, 10 points behind leaders Newcastle, but have a real shot at promotion with Reading only one point ahead of them in third spot.

"There have been a lot of rumours around my future in the media and although I don't believe I should be the story, I cannot stay silent on this matter," said Wagner.

"It is correct that there has been interest from a few Bundesliga clubs. They have obviously seen the way we are going at Huddersfield Town and the journey we have been on together over the last 12 months."

"It's important for me to clarify that my focus is on moving forward at Huddersfield Town."

Huddersfield finished 19th last season to avoid demotion to League One, but Wagner has helped them make remarkable strides forwards with a place in the play-offs within their grasp after leading the table in October.

They have won their past three league games, including a 2-1 win at Norwich on Friday.

David Wagner alongside Jurgen Klopp during their Borussia Dortmund days

David Wagner alongside Jurgen Klopp during their Borussia Dortmund daysImago

"Huddersfield Town may not be a Bundesliga club or one that plays in European competition, but make no mistake - we are a serious, proud, ambitious club with a rich history," said the club's chairman Dean Hoyle.

"Perhaps this isn't clear to some of our colleagues in the media in Germany considering the tone of some articles that were published over the last 48 hours.

"We are not to be toyed with or dismissed out of hand. We have values and always conduct ourselves in the right manner; something that cannot be said for other clubs. "

"I think David's ongoing commitment to Huddersfield Town is testament to this club and its standing. He's turned down several advances from Bundesliga clubs during his time here, the latest coming very, very recently."