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‘Much better candidates out there’ – Former PL manager eyeing up AFC Bournemouth job: The verdict

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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…

Former Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner is very keen on the vacant managerial post at AFC Bournemouth, according to The Athletic.

The 49-year-old German – a lifelong friend and former staff-member of Jurgen Klopp – guided Huddersfield Town to the Premier League in his first full season in charge at the John Smith’s Stadium in 2017, solidifying himself as a Terriers hero.

Against all the odds, Wagner kept Huddersfield in the Premier League for more than one season, surviving in 2017/18 but the good times did not last as he was sacked in January 2019 with the club bottom of the top flight.

Wagner then moved onto Schalke later that year but lasted just 16 months before he was potted last September, and he looks to have his sights set on a return to England.

Would Wagner be a good appointment and the right fit for the Cherries though? The FLW team analyse the situation…

Phil Spencer

This would certainly be a decent appointment for Bournemouth.

The Cherries have struggled of late and so there’s a real need to get a permanent boss into the club in order to provide some stability.
David Wagner is a man who has been there and done it with Huddersfield before, and that’s something that mustn’t be underestimated.
The Terriers were a much worse team than Bournemouth and so the hope would be that he can hit the ground running if appointed.
After all, the Cherries are facing a race against time to push for promotion.

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I think the jury would be out.

I like Wagner and the playing style he brings but there will obviously be question marks after a tough period at Schalke.

However, he worked wonders at Huddersfield on a far tighter budget than he would have at Bournemouth and the Cherries’ attacking players would surely benefit from his offensive style of play.

There might be a few wondering just whether he can rediscover the spark he had in Yorkshire but it could be one that works out well.

Chris Thorpe

I think this would be really strange – there’s no doubting his achievements at Huddersfield Town in the past but what has he really achieved since then?

He’s struggled at Schalke and in my opinion gone backwards in his career as a manager.

For me the Cherries must appoint someone who has a bit more recent pedigree.

Wagner has a promotion on his CV but I believe there are much better candidates for the job out there right now.


25 years old, UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, Preston North End fan

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