David Wagner is reportedly being considered as one of the alternatives for the Celtic manager’s role.
According to the Mirror (April 17, page 55), the Hoops are considering the German as a contender. That’s despite the fact Neil Lennon has already guided Celtic to the Scottish Cup final and is currently two wins from the Premiership title.
Wagner, however, certainly has a CV that could easily impress the Scottish champions. After managing Borussia Dortmund’s B side for four years, he made the journey to England to take on the Huddersfield Town job.
It was there he made his name. The German guided Huddersfield to the Premier League for the first time ever. That came in his first full season, after bringing in 13 new players across Europe.
Huddersfield managed to avoid relegation in the 2017-18 season. The Guardian quoted the achievement as “the Premier League’s greatest survival story”. Wagner was also praised in the same report, and labeled a leader of rare charisma and intelligence.
An unceremonious departure
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Wagner was sacked from his position in mid-January 2019. This was down to the fact Huddersfield sat bottom of the Premier League with just 11 points from 22 games. Their relegation has recently been confirmed.
But what Wagner built there was mightily impressive. It was always going to be extremely difficult to sustain for the long-term. His success in management deserves strong praise so far, and his name being mentioned is a positive.
Added to that, Wagner has great experience as a player to his name. He played for eight different clubs in Germany, including Schalke and Eintracht Frankfurt. He also managed eight caps for the United States during his playing career.
Of course, Lennon remains in the driving seat in theory. If he wins the treble treble, it will be difficult to ignore for the Celtic board.
Regardless of the names that get thrown into the mix, Lennon must feel it’s in his own hands. Dermott Desmond recently told Lennon that the club wasn’t talking to other candidates. But that hardly means they aren’t gathering up a list of potential names.
Wagner is a good name to have in there. He may not be everyone’s favourite, but his CV speaks for itself.