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David Wagner : My 100 days at Huddersfield Town have flown like 10 and I only miss my family

Warm welcome and I love my job

David Wagner says time has flown since he took charge at Huddersfield Town.

The charismatic German coach, 44, has been so engrossed with changing the football mindset at PPG Canalside he’s had precious little time to relax.

He says the welcome he’s received from the people of Huddersfield and everyone inside the club has exceeded all expectations, but life has not been without its down side.

Wagner has not enjoyed the heavy rain which has soaked much of his first 100 days in Yorkshire.

And the biggest thing he’s missing is his family – wife Judith and daughters Lea (21) and Lynn (16) – although they plan to move to England in the next year.

“This is a very exciting and interesting time for me and there have been so many things to do that the 100 days feel like 10 days, it’s gone so quickly,” said Wagner, who was officially unveiled as Town boss from Borussia Dortmund II on November 9.

“There are a lot of different things I’m involved in – infrastructure, development, Academy, commercial, Foundation – and I love every minute of it.

“From what I expected from the outside, before I signed the contract, everything has overloaded my expectations, and I feel things are very easy and very comfortable for me.

“We don’t waste too much time. It’s very easy to discuss things with everyone here and if we have to make a decision, everyone is very open-minded to take on board some crazy ideas from the German!”

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None of Wagner’s ideas are crazy.

Innovative and impassioned, yes, but never crazy.

He has settled in well with assistants Christoph Buehler and Mike Marsh and to working alongside chairman Dean Hoyle and head of football Stuart Webber.

An engaging character, Wagner – who played international football for the USA, qualifying through his father – also keeps a very level head away from football and enjoys a laugh.

“In 100 days I have been to the centre of Huddersfield only once, for a picture with one of our commercial people,” he explained with a smile.

“I was in the centre of Leeds once, with my three girls when they came to visit me, so I had to go to Victoria’s Secret for 30 minutes, which was the best for me!

“And I also spent three hours in York, which is a very lovely city, but this is everything I have done in the last three months outside of my work for Huddersfield Town.

“I have been back to Germany three times, so the biggest thing I miss is having the family around me.

“On the other side of things, I wouldn’t have much time for them if they were here, so we made a good decision that my younger daughter would finish school in Germany.

“This takes one more year, so I have to make my first steps in Huddersfield without my family, but the target is that we will be together next year.”

So how does he keep in touch in the meantime?

“Facetime and WhatsApp are very good so I can keep in touch all the time,” he beamed.

“I am together with my wife now for nearly 25 years, so we know each other well, and I can talk to my elder daughter, who studies in Stuttgart, and to the youngest, who must finish High School before going to university or whatever she likes to do.

“They come over for most of the home games, which is good, but I don’t find I really need to get away and relax because I enjoy my work at the club so much.

“I don’t usually put on music or the TV, and I have been out running only three or four times since I’ve been here, but this is not relaxation for me, it’s hard work!

“I like sweet things, so I have a big problem with Nutella. Maybe I need to do more running!”

“I don’t have the feeling it’s work because it’s so enjoyable.

“Sometimes I realise I’ve had only five hours sleep and the next day is a very busy schedule, but when you enjoy your work and get positive feedback it’s all so much easier.

“I think the biggest part of my job is to find solutions for problems.

“Sometimes you wake up and you think it’s going to be a beautiful day, and then I get to the club and someone calls to say they are ill, or someone calls to say they are injured and you have to find a solution. That’s what I enjoy and I don’t find it’s like work.”


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