Huddersfield News: Wagner focused on survival amid job speculation

1 year ago

In the latest Huddersfield Town news, manager David Wagner has insisted his future does not rest on if his side stays up this season and described speculation over his future as “boring”.

Wagner guided the Terriers up to the top flight last season via the play-offs and he’s since managed to largely keep them clear of the relegation zone in their debut Premier League campaign.

Wagner’s side are 15th in the table with seven games to go and are three points clear of safety heading into Saturday’s trip to Newcastle, for which they are 22/5 with 888 Sport to win, with the boss keen to focus on the relegation fight rather than talk he could leave at the end of the season.

“I don’t really understand the question,” he said, when asked if his future in the job was linked to the keeping his side up.

“No, it isn’t because I have a contract for one further year and this contract counts for the Premier League and the Championship. To be totally honest, it’s boring, isn’t it? I understand you maybe have to ask this question, but I have much more important and bigger things to think about at this stage of the season than all the links and rumours.

“We have such big things in front of us. This excites and the other stuff, I respect this from the journalists, but it’s boring for me.”

Wagner signed a new two-year contract at the John Smiths Stadium in June last year but revealed he did meet with club chairman Dean Hoyle during the international break to discuss the future direction of the club, although he says the discussions were “routine”.

He added: “What we’ve spoken about in detail, I think this is a conversation between him and me. But first and foremost it’s all about progression of the football club and, to be totally honest ,we’ve had this conversation in the last two, three years maybe 10 times.

“This is more or less routine. We had this conversation this time last year and it doesn’t really make sense because it’s all about our Premier League status.

“Last season it was all about the play-offs and this is why we agreed – let’s do the job and then go into detail in the conversation. In the end we have to be sure and focused – bring us to Premier League season II. This is the only focus.”

Following Saturday’s trip to St James’ Park, Town go Brighton (April 7) before hosting Watford (April 14) as they look for the points needed to stay up this season.