This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Derby County are considering a move for David Wagner as they continue to search for a new manager, according to The Sun (paper edition, November 29th),
Derby are still looking to find a replacement for Phillip Cocu who left the club over a fortnight ago, with Wagner now emerging as a contender.
Wagner guided Huddersfield to their first ever promotion to the Premier League in 2017, winning 51 out of 154 games in charge of the Terriers.
He’s since managed Schalke, winning only 12 out of 40 games in charge of the Bundesliga outfit, and he is now said to be on Derby’s managerial radar.
Here, we discuss this potential appointment at Pride Park…
I’m not so sure.
Wagner enjoyed an amazing time as manager of Huddersfield Town, guiding them to an unlikely promotion to the Premier League back in 2017 with a squad that exhibited a strong work ethic, and team spirit on a consistent basis.
My only fear here is the pressure that will be on the next Derby County manager who takes the hotseat, ultimately, they will be expected to hit the ground running ASAP and play-offs are likely to be in the new owners’ sights despite the abysmal start to the season for the Rams.
With Huddersfield, Wagner effectively wasn’t under too much pressure in that promotion winning campaign as it really wasn’t expected, whereas at Pride Park it’s the complete opposite, he’ll be scrutinised intensely from the off.
Wagner didn’t do great at Schalke in his last management gig, a big club who have aspirations to be at the top level again, but he was unable to navigate them out of troubled times on the pitch.
There are better candidates out there than Wagner, for me.
McClaren? Clement? Who was the Derby County manager when each of these 15 Rams moments happened?
I can’t say I’m particularly convinced by this one, if I’m honest.
There’s no doubt in my eyes that Wagner is a good manager and he deserves a huge amount of respect for what he did at Huddersfield.
Derby will clearly be hoping to achieve promotion as well but their first task has to be ending this downward slide they’re in.
Given the miserable time he had ahead of his sacking at Schalke, I’m not sure that Wagner is the right man for the job at Pride Park right now.
They need someone to get them out of this bad spell and stay in the Championship, I’m not sure he’s the man to do it.