Former Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner has revealed that he believes the club has a great opportunity to build something positive in the coming years despite their poor start to 2019/20 Championship campaign.
The 47-year-old, who is now in charge of German side Schalke, managed to completely transform the Terriers’ fortunes after being handed over the reins at the John Smith’s Stadium in 2015.
After helping Huddersfield avoid relegation to third-tier in his first season, Wagner led the club to promotion in 2017 via the play-offs.
Having ended the Terriers’ wait for top-flight football, he then upset the odds by inspiring his side to a 16th place finish in 2018.
However, with Huddersfield languishing at the foot of the Premier League table, Wagner decided to leave the club in January and was replaced by Jan Siewert who was unable to prevent the club’s relegation to the second-tier.
Siewert was then giving his marching orders last month after overseeing an awful start to the season.
With Danny Cowley being confirmed as Huddersfield’s new boss earlier this week, Wagner offered his honest thoughts on the club’s current situation.
Speaking to inews, the former Terriers boss said: “For me personally, to be totally honest, the most important thing is that this football club is in a much, much better position financially and in terms of stability as well, compared to when I joined.
“They have everything in place to build something, every financial power to create something, and now it is up them to decide which way they would like to go.
“You need to have a few good seasons and you have to have luck at one or the other moment as well.
“But the most important thing is that you stick together and that you create a plan and a vision of where you would like to go, and you follow it.”
Given that Wagner was an extremely popular figure during his time at Huddersfield, it is not at all surprising that he still holds the club in such a high regard.
The Terriers, who are currently in the relegation zone in the Championship, will be looking to make an encouraging start to life under new boss Cowley on Sunday against Sheffield Wednesday.
If the 40-year-old can take inspiration from what Wagner was able to achieve at the John Smith’s Stadium, there is no reason why he cannot lead Huddersfield to a relative amount of success over the coming months.