Huddersfield boss Wagner promises 'full-throttle' football
New Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner during his time at Borussia Dortmund - image via

Incoming Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner has held his first press conference after taking control of the Championship club following the sacking of Chris Powell last week.

Quoted by Sky Sports, Wagner told Terriers fans that he would be bringing a German influence to the club, with the former Borussia Dortmund reserves boss looking to emulate the style of play associated with the popular Bundesliga team.

However, the task awaiting Wagner will have been made clear on Saturday as he watched his first game from the stands, and witnessed a 3-0 defeat at home to Yorkshire rivals Leeds United.

Huddersfield to play with passion and speed

Speaking with journalists, Wagner noted that "everybody knows what kind of football we play [in Dortmund]", and that Championship fans should prepare themselves to see something similar from Huddersfield.

He went on to say that he likes to see "passion" and "speed" from his teams, but that most significantly he "likes [his] teams to score goals".

Despite his optimism, Wagner seems to be under no illusions that the new footballing philosophy may take some time to implement completely, and that players will have to work hard to adjust.

"You have to have a lot of fitness," Wagner continued, admitting that "it depends on the players you have", but he was keen to reiterate that the "full-throttle" tactics he wishes to bring in can be successful at any level of football.

Klopp wishes Huddersfield well

Predictably as a former Dortmund man, Wagner was also quizzed as to whether he had received any offers to link up with former colleague Jürgen Klopp, who this weekend suffered his first defeat since taking the managerial reigns at Liverpool.

However, the 44-year-old was keen to stress that "it's not the day to speak about Liverpool", though he wished his friend Klopp well in his new post and mentioned that Klopp had done the same for him.

Wagner faces tough fixtures

Though Wagner has an international break to train with his new squad, he faces a difficult set of opening fixtures, with games against three promotion-chasing teams in the space of three weeks.

Huddersfield travel to Sheffield Wednesday and Birmingham City either side of a home fixture with Middlesbrough, before a potentially important clash against fellow strugglers Bristol City in mid-December.

The Terriers currently occupy 19th place in the second tier, with fifteen points from their first sixteen games and just a two-point gap between themselves and the bottom three.