David Wagner loves his job in football, but don’t expect him to be coaching like Neil Warnock at the age of 67.
The Huddersfield Town head coach is 44 years old as he takes his team to the New York Stadium to face Warnock’s Rotherham United.
Wagner admires the job Warnock has done since taking charge of the struggling club and, like Town, they are on the brink of mathematical safety.
But he smiles at the though of coaching for another 20-plus years.
David Wagner speaks ahead of Rotherham match
“Hopefully, by the age of 67, I will be as fit as he (Warnock) looks,” beamed Wagner, who has a doubt over Jamie Paterson for the match.
“I don’t know whether I am as fit, but I am totally sure I won’t be coaching by the age of 67.
“I think there are better things to do at this age than standing on the football sideline.
“Neil enjoys his job every single minute of every single day and that’s great, but I have no idea what I might be doing in 20 years time.
“I just don’t think I will be still on the sideline at Neil’s age.”
Wagner reckons Warnock has given Rotherham one vital ingredient this season as they’ve strung together their nine-match run.
“It seems confidence is the biggest thing, because the manager is working with almost the same players who were there before,” he said.
“They are obviously working together and they are keeping the game simple.
“They have come to a high level, but we want to go there and give them problems.”