Who is Hannes Wolf? Former Hamburg boss latest to be linked with Huddersfield

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 23 August 2019, 15:27

Huddersfield’s last two permanent managers have experienced contrasting fortunes at the John Smith’s Stadium.

David Wagner led the Terriers to a historic promotion into the Premier League then preserved the club’s top-flight status, before surprisingly calling it quits at the start of the year.

His successor, fellow German Jan Siewert, took over with the club rock-bottom of the Premier League. He was unable to inspire a turnaround as his troops slid down into the Championship, then a poor start to the current campaign resulted in the sack last Friday, meaning he departed his post with just a single win from 19 matches.

Caretaker Mark Hudson, Championship maestro Chris Hughton, ex-Bolton boss Phil Parkinson, and former Macclesfield manager Sol Campbell have all since featured in the next Huddersfield manager market.

However, it’s another German head coach that has caught the eye in Hannes Wolf, the surprise new favourite for the job.

Like Wagner and Siewert, Wolf has worked at Borussia Dortmund. After stints at SGE Ergeste and ASC 09 Dortmund, he rose up through the club's youth ranks - winning league titles with the U17s and U18s - which culminated in a spell at the helm of Dortmund II.

It was at Dortmund where Wolf aided the development of a certain Christian Pulisic who signed for Chelsea for £57.6million. “He helped Christian get accustomed to his new life, as a coach and friend, both on and off the field," Pulisic’s dad previously revealed.

However, if he's appointed at Huddersfield, Wolf would arrive at the Yorkshire club with more experience than the aforementioned Wagner and Siewert, having also overseen both VfB Stuttgart and Hamburg in his homeland.

Wolf led Stuttgart to the German second division title at the first attempt, but was sacked half-way through the club’s return to the Bundesliga after a run of six defeats in seven games.

Shortly after his dismissal in early 2018, Wolf was linked with the job at Leeds after they axed Thomas Christiansen, only for the Whites to instead turn to Paul Heckingbottom.

The German then found his name in the frame for two other Yorkshire vacancies, at Bradford and Barnsley. Again, nothing came to fruition.

Wolf returned to management in October with Hamburg but after a promising opening period results tailed off and he was sent packing at the end of last season after the club failed to win promotion to the Bundesliga.

The 38-year-old, who was being built up as one of the brightest young coaches in Germany, has been heavily influenced by Jurgen Klopp, while he’s also worked under Thomas Tuchel, now at PSG.

Wolf's success at youth level is impressive, as was his title triumph with Stuttgart. It didn’t work out at Hamburg but you could argue that the decision to sack him was harsh.

Given Huddersfield’s sluggish start to the new season an appointment would be considered a risk by many quarters, but so was Wagner and he was a revelation. However, others will be quick to point to the Siewert gamble which did not pay off.

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