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David Wagner: Ten defining moments of his first 100 days in charge at Huddersfield Town

Charting the key matches, signings and quotes from Wagner's tenure so far

David Wagner has reached his first Huddersfield Town century.

Now celebrating his 100th day in charge at the John Smith's Stadium , things are looking rosy for Town fans.

Signings have come, and a couple have gone , while Chairman Dean Hoyle has promised the boss does have money to spend come the summer - and has already identified his targets.

There is a real feeling of excitement around Huddersfield at the moment, and that is down to the impact Wagner has had his swapping Germany for Yorkshire.

We look back on ten key moments from his time in charge...with lots more to come.

David Wagner: Defining moments from his first 100 days in charge

First press conference

Although he was in the stands watching Town's defeat to Leeds, former Borussia Dortmund II chief Wagner was officially unveiled as Town's new Head Coach at his first press conference the following week.

Town had to move quickly to secure his services - Liverpool wanted him as part of Jurgen Klopp's team - and the interest in the appointment was palpable, across Huddersfield, Yorkshire, and the wider footballing community.

It was an excellent first impression, and the new man used the opportunity to talk about his excitement about the opportunity at Town and his future plans, which left fans feeling cautiously optimistic about good times ahead.

On gegenpressing, Wagner added: "Everyone knows the full throttle game. I prefer passion, speed and scoring goals."


Taking the team to Spain

The next day, Wagner promptly decamped from PPG Canalside to sunny Spain with his new charges.

The five day camp gave the former US international time to get to know his squad, analyse strengths and weaknesses and get his ideas across in a fresh environment.

And no doubt it was a chance to get to know a few names as well, and bond with the squad ahead of a tough winter schedule.

Wagner explained: "In Spain we have a lot of time to spend getting to know each other. We have to speak a lot together, one by one, with a part of the group, the whole group. We'll try to give them a first idea of our game."

Ben Chilwell arrives

He needs little introduction now, but when David Wagner's first foray into the English market was to sign youngster Ben Chilwell on loan, most Town fans wouldn't have seen him play.

One of Leicester's brightest Academy starlets, he had been a big hit in the Foxes' u21 set up and in the England youth sides - but with little first team experience he was somewhat of an unknown quantity for many in this corner of Yorkshire.

Not so any longer. The young left back breezed into Huddersfield, turned in multiple classy, assured, attacking performances from left back and broke a slew of Town hearts when it proved impossible to extend his loan beyond January 3.

Players and manager queued up to predict a stellar career for the now 19-year-old, now a member of Leicester's first team squad that is gunning for the Premier League title.

Value in the loan market? Trust in youth? Yes and yes.

First game

Wagner's first taste of the dugout was in a fiery Yorkshire derby away to Sheffield Wednesday - and it was far from an ideal start.

Sean Scannell opened the scoring but that goal sparked the Owls into life, an d they went on to net three without reply. Fitness concerns were the game's talking point, with all the goals coming after 70 minutes, and many worried about whether the players had the stamina for the new manager's style.

But he was encouraged: "In the last 20 minutes, we have to be honest and say that Sheffield Wednesday were very strong. In that time they beat us.

"The first 70 minutes was a step in the right direction. We needed a better performance in the last 20 minutes."

First home game

There were plenty of shaken heads at the conclusion of David Wagner's first home game in charge, wondering just how title-chasing Middlesbrough, a squad on which considerable funds have been spent, managed to leave the John Smith's Stadium with the full compliment of points.

Wagner's homecoming, when he was welcomed by a lusty crowd, was characterised by an excellent performance that was settled by two Boro chances - both of which they took.

Confusion and frustration were the common emotions - surely this wasn't justice?

Said Wagner: "Middlesbrough only had two chances in this game and we saw which team was better and which team created more chances. Sometimes in football you don't get the result you deserve."

First win

But Town fans didn't have to wait much longer for the win they, the players and the manager craved - and deserved.

Advent opened with a trip to Birmingham City, eighth in the table but made to look like mid table strugglers by Town, who scored within 31 seconds of kick off and in truth never looked like relinquishing their grip on the points.

 In the relegation places at the start of the day, this was the result and performance that lifted spirits along with the rise up the table. Any lingering doubts could be firmly extinguished.

"It was the perfect performance. We started as we finished the previous game and this is a good sign," smiled the boss.

"To be honest, I expected a good game. We are very happy and proud about our performance and the result.

Fans descend on Bolton

As 2016 opened, more than 2,000 fans chose to spend the first Saturday of the year in Wagner's company, crossing the Pennines to cheer on Town against Bolton at the Macron Stadium.

The feel-good factor was palpable, after a comfortable victory against Preston on Boxing Day and a well-earned point at QPR two days later. The away allocation was sold out as fans clamoured to watch a new brand of football that combined results with style under the German, and with four games unbeaten in six prior to kick off had made it a very happy Christmas in Huddersfield.

They were duly rewarded with victory thanks to goals from Joe Lolley and the now-departed Mustapha Carayol.

Huddersfield's new favourite ditty, "David Wagner, he's better than Klopp was in full flow, prompting the boss to say: "I think the fans are in euphoria because seven points in this busy period was good. If you are euphoric then sometimes you say something you normally don't say."

Five star against Charlton

Five goals from five different scorers handed David Wagner a fifth win of his Huddersfield reign.

Town ran riot and supporters revelled in a the five star display. Mark Hudson, Nahki Wells and Jamie Paterson all scored, while Duane Holmes and even Jason Davidson got in on the act late on to make it the biggest win of the season to date.

However, the manager gave more than a hint of his high standards by summing up: "I'm happy of course, but it wasn't an easy game. After the game it seems easier than it was."

Karim Matmour signs

Frustrated with a lack of attacking firepower, Wagner made Algerian international Karim Matmour the first permanent signing of his tenure.

Signed on a free in January, Town's Head Coach knew him well from his time in Germany and didn't hesitate to sign him until the end of the season (Town have the option of a further year) to boost his options up top.

Wagner purred: "He is quick, has great endurance and is a very good person also, which is very important. It is not normal that we would be able to get a player of his quality with no transfer fee."

Stopping the rot - in style

After a four game losing streak, including three games in the league that left a few fans looking anxiously at the teams below Town in the Championship, David Wagner needed a result. On paper, a trip to a Nottingham Forest side looking to make it 14 league games unbeaten didn't look like the kindest Valentine's weekend gift from the fixture computer.

However, Wagner showed his tactical nous, combined with his ability to mould and motivate a team of young players.

Forest were out played, outfought and out-thought, and Philip Billing continued his remarkable rise - his spectacular strike was backed up by a performance of youthful energy complemented with tactical maturity.

Wagner revealed: "This was one of the best defensive displays since we have been together. Our skipper gave us something stable but it was an all-around effort."


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