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2 pros and 2 cons to Derby County replacing Cocu with promotion winner

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Derby County are considering a move for David Wagner as they look to find a replacement for Phillip Cocu.

The Rams are in dire straits at the moment, and sit five points adrift of safety following a dismal start to the Championship season.

Following Cocu’s departure over two weeks ago, the club are yet to appoint a replacement, with a takeover still yet to be finalised.

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According to The Sun (print edition, 29th November), though, former Huddersfield boss David Wagner is on the club’s radar.

Here, we take a look at two pros and two cons to the potential appointment of the 49-year-old…

Pro: He knows how to build a successful side

Wagner has done well in the Championship before, with Huddersfield gaining an unlikely promotion to the Premier League in 2017.

Considering the budget Wagner had to work with, it was a fantastic achievement.

Recruitment was impressive that season, and the German displayed his man-management traits on more than one occasion.

He knows to build a hungry group of players and lead them to success.

Pro: He has been in this situation before

It wasn’t all plain sailing for Wagner at Huddersfield.

The club took a risk on him in November 2015 – they were sitting 19th in the Championship and only just above the relegation zone.

At this point, Wagner’s only stint in management had come with Borussia Dortmund II, so his lack of experience was undoubtedly a risk.

But Wagner galvanised the squad, instilled confidence and belief, and they eventually went on to avoid relegation comfortably.

The following season, after a full summer transfer window, he led the Terriers to promotion via the play-offs.

His ability to go into a struggling side and turn them around should fill Derby fans with confidence.

Con: Disappointing Schalke spell

Wagner’s time in management has gone downhill since leaving Huddersfield.

He joined Schalke at the end of 2018/19, but the following season, his side set a new record for going 16 games without a win.

Ultimately, after winning 12 out of 40 games in charge and a 12th-placed finish in the Bundesliga, he was sacked in September.

Every manager gets sacked at one point in their career, but this could perhaps be concerning.

Con: Was Huddersfield just a stroke of luck?

Huddersfield’s success in 2016/17 was undeniably special.

Many called it a ‘fairy-tale’ after the Terriers won promotion to the top-flight for the very first time.

One of the main reasons as to why Wagner is so popular amongst rival fans nowadays is because of his experience of winning promotion.

But was what he achieved at Huddersfield just a stroke of luck? Would he go and do the same thing with the same group of players again?

The Championship is a lot stronger nowadays, and it remains to be seen how Wagner would operate with a big budget.


Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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