David Wagner opens up on Young Boys decision amid reported West Brom approach
David Wagner was involved in the Champions League on Tuesday night, but he could easily have been managing West Brom in the Championship instead.
The German-born manager, who represented the United States during his playing days, was heavily linked with the West Brom job after Sam Allardyce’s departure following Premier League relegation in May.
Sky Sports journalist Rob Dorsett [08/06/21] even went as far as to claim that he was 48 hours away from being confirmed as Big Sam’s successor.
However, Wagner opted to join Swiss side Young Boys instead, and they played Manchester United in Europe’s premier club competition last night.
Albion, meanwhile, were managed by Valerien Ismael at The Hawthorns later that evening.
Wagner’s reasons for choosing Young Boys were detailed in a Guardian interview on Tuesday [14/09/21].
“The next project doesn’t depend on the size of the league,” Wagner told his agent.
“I wanted a stable club with good people. People you can trust. And if there’s a possibility to play in Europe or win titles, then I was open to going into a smaller league as well.
“Switzerland is growing in football, as everybody saw at the European Championship. The difference between the top and bottom teams is big. But it’s a very interesting league with a lot of talent.”
All worked out
Given the start Ismael has made to life at West Brom, there won’t be too many supporters crowing for Wagner.
Indeed, there was scepticism that surrounded news that the ex-Huddersfield Town boss was on the brink of the Baggies job.
He did an impressive job in dragging the Terriers from the lower regions of the Championship to play-off winners, culminating in their promotion to the Premier League.
Wagner did wonders once again to keep Huddersfield in the division in their first season back in the top-flight, but they dropped like a stone and a chronic lack of goals saw him leave before their inevitable relegation.
It looks like he sidestepped the Albion job when it was on a plate for him, but Ismael has risen to the challenge and stamped his authority on the side already.
Excitement is in the air in the West Midlands, while Wagner can concentrate on leading Young Boys in the Champions League.
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