David Wagner's Replacement: The Candidates

David Wagner’s departure from Huddersfield Town is finally starting to sink in. As sad as it may be, football goes on and the next job for the club is to appoint a replacement for the iconic German.


According to the bookmakers there are 5 main candidates to fill the vacant manager’s position at the John Smith’s Stadium. Read on to find out who they are, their odds of taking the job and their managerial experience.


The Outside Bet


Mikel Arteta

Current Club: Manchester City – Assistant Manager

Clubs Managed: N/A

Preferred Formation: 4-2-3-1


The former Arsenal, Everton and Rangers midfielder is currently the fifth favourite to take over at Huddersfield Town. After seeing his odds shorten over the past few days they have begun to drift – at time of writing Arteta is 8/1 to replace David Wagner.


Not much is known about Arteta’s managerial suitability, however if press reports are to be believed, he was very close to taking the Arsenal job in the summer. Pep Guardiola speaks highly of Arteta’s potential and if he were to be appointed, he would surely implement a Pep inspired style of football.



The attacking option


Slavisa Jokanovic

Current Club: Unattached

Clubs Managed: Fulham, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Watford, Hercules CF, Levski Sofia, Muangthong United, Partizan Belgrade

Preferred Formation: 4-2-3-1


The 50-year-old Serbian manager is well known to Town fans after managing against the club during his two stints in the Championship. Jokanovic’s sides have been lauded for their attacking football. However this season the Serbian struggled to find the balance between defence and attack with Fulham.


With The Cottagers languishing at the bottom of the table, Jokanovic was sacked and replaced with Claudio Ranieri. However the likeable Italian has so far failed to spark a revival at Craven Cottage. Jokanovic was possibly a victim of his own success at Fulham and arguably was not helped by a scatter gun transfer window in the summer.



The continuity choice


Christoph Buhler

Current Club: Huddersfield Town – Assistant Manager?

Clubs Managed: Bammental II, Hoffenheim Jugend, Weinheim II, Weinheim U19’S

Preferred Formation: 4-2-3-1


David Wagner’s trusted sidekick is currently third favourite for the top job at Town, although his odds have drifted to 5/1 in the past 24 hours. It’s unclear whether or not Buhler is still employed by the club, but judging from his wife’s recent tweet he is unlikely to remain in Yorkshire.



From a style perspective it would make sense to appoint Buhler as Wagner’s successor. He would most likely run things in a similar way to his former boss, but the jump from coach to manager can often be difficult.


The safety first shout


Aitor Karanka

Current Club: Unattached

Clubs Managed: Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough

Preferred Formation: 4-2-3-1


The Spaniard was relieved of his duties recently by Championship side Nottingham Forest after failing to get the club into the play-off positions by the turn of the year. In fairness, his Forest side weren’t too far off sixth place and are still a good shout for promotion.


Karanka has struggled with the perception that he is a purely defensive operator. His Middlesbrough side were not the most inspiring to watch and indeed departed the Premier League with not much more than a whimper. Huddersfield fans will not be excited at the prospect of a defensive coach.


Despite Karanka’s short odds of 2/1, reports in Spain suggest that he could follow Jose Mourinho to Real Madrid in the summer as assistant manager if the Special One returns to Los Blancos.



The favourite


Jan Siewart

Current Club Borussia Dortmund II

Clubs Managed: Borussia Dortmund II, Bochum U19, RW Essen

Preferred Formation: 4-3-3


If it’s worked before, then try it again right? That seems to be the thinking behind this candidate – the bookmaker’s 2/1 favourite. The 36-year-old is currently manager of Dortmund II and has an impressive record in his 55 game stint as manager. His team sit 4th in the league and have been praised for their progressive, attacking football.


In his previous role with Bochum U19’s, Siewart again implemented a good style of football as well as an average 1.96 points per game. At this stage he seems like a major outsider and the traditional sport media would surely baulk at his appointment.


However the general feeling in Germany is that Siewart has perhaps more potential than even David Wagner did before he joined Huddersfield. It will be a gamble appointing Siewart but the club’s previous gambles haven’t fared too badly.

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