David Wagner is in the frame to become Celtic’s new manager for the start of next season, according to the Sunday People, page 55, 14/04.
47-year-old Wagner was the mastermind behind Huddersfield’s against-the-odds rise to the Premier League but left the club in January with the feeling being that he had taken them as far as he possibly could.
But his stock rightly remains high on the back of that huge success, which was driven by him inspiring his players to perform above their ability and a high-pressing style of play.
That’s exactly how Celtic want to play and interim manager Neil Lennon has come under criticism for his playing style since being put in charge.
Wagner’s achievements in terms of getting a team who really had a mid-table Championship squad at best into the top flight and keeping them there with a good style of play put him on another level to Lennon.
And if Celtic want to take that extra step in Europe once more, Wagner’s tactical nous and knowledge of continental football could be a bit of a coup.
Wagner also has that passion for the game that Celtic fans demand. He kicks every ball on the touchline and it’s easy to see him forming a bond with the fans if he did get the job.