Just before Chirstmas Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner was strongly linked with taking over at Wolfsburg. It was a tempting prospect for Wagner, but not too tempting.
Wolfsburg were in a very difficult situation and Wagner would have been moving from the optimism and upward curve of Huddersfield, to Wolfsburg battling through a miserable period. A miserable period which they remain in to this day.
In March Wagner confirmed there had been something in it: “There was something, we had talks. But we didn’t negotiate.”
Wagner did outline a general aim to return to German football one day: “I am a child of the Bundesliga, that is a goal and a dream, but the Premier League is also cool.”
With Huddersfield in the play-offs, Premier League football remains a possibility for next season. If not, then perhaps he could be getting a call from his old club.
Wagner coached through the Borussia Dortmund ranks because making his own way as a manager, and the big job could be vacant in the summer. Thomas Tuchel has received widespread acclaim but his position at Dortmund is under some question.
With reports in Germany that he’s not only fallen out with those above him, but also doesn’t have universal backing of the players, Tuchel’s time could be limited. Whilst they have a good chance of cup success, Dortmund look set to finish 3rd or 4th in the Bundesliga, which is probably below par.
German newspaper Bild have drawn up a list of possible candidates, and Huddersfield’s Wagner is one of those. Wagner knows BVB, which Bild gives as an advantage, there’s just a little doubt about his experience.