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Wagner is new head coach for Huddersfield Town

David Wagner Credit: Huddersfield Town AFC

David Wagner will start his new role as head coach with Huddersfield Town on Monday - after watching this Saturday's game at home to Leeds United from the stands.

Wagner joins the Terriers after leaving the German Bundesliga giants last week. Born to a German mother and American father, Wagner enjoyed a playing career as a striker in the Bundesliga – winning the UEFA Cup with Schalke 04 – and also represented the United States internationally on eight occasions.

When he hung up his boots, he studied a degree in Biology and Sports Science at the University of Darmstadt and worked as a teacher before earning his UEFA Pro License.

Wagner started his coaching career with the Under-17s at 1899 Hoffenheim before being named as Manager of Borussia Dortmund II in July 2011 He will be joined at Huddersfield Town by Assistant Head Coach Christoph Bühler, whom he worked with at Borussia Dortmund II.

He will watch Saturday’s game at home to Leeds United from the stand, with Academy Manager Mark Lillis in charge of the game.

Huddersfield Town sack Chris Powell

Huddersfield Town have parted company with manager Chris Powell.

Chris Powell has been sacked as Huddersfield Town manager Credit: Press Association

Powell, appointed in September 2014, has overseen just three league wins this season, with Tuesday night's 2-2 draw at Reading leaving Town 18th in the Sky Bet Championship table.

We have decided to make this change after very careful deliberation. It is made with the long term interests of the Club in mind. It signals a change of direction by the Club and a new approach.

Chris worked to represent Huddersfield Town to the best of his ability; to develop us, improve us and take us forward. He now leaves us well placed for the future challenges ahead.

– Nigel Clibbens, Huddersfield Town Chief Executive

Academy Manager Mark Lillis will now take charge of Huddersfield for the next game - the Yorkshire derby against Leeds United on Saturday.

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