Hannes Wolf linked with Bradford and Barnsleyby Jack Kitson / 07 February 2018, 12:19Tweet
Bradford and Barnsley have both been left managerless this week following the respective departures of Stuart McCall (sacked) and Paul Heckingbottom (left for Leeds).
A multitude of names have already been linked with both clubs, one of whom is the out-of-work young German boss Hannes Wolf, who is currently the favourite for the Bradford job, while he’s out an outsider to take charge of Barnsley.
Below we take a look at who Wolf is, what he’s achieved in management, and whether he could be on the verge of venturing over to England's Football League.
Who is Hannes Wolf?
Hannes Wolf is a young German manager, 36, who has managed VfB Stuttgart, Borussia Dortmund II, and the country's lower league sides ASC 09 Dortmund and SG Eintracht Ergste.
Wolf worked with fellow countrymen Jurgen Klopp for a number of years and has previously spoken fondly of the experience:
“We worked together for six years and I was able to see his training, to be part of it. I saw everything. It’s difficult to say in words how much [it influenced me], because it’s not only about understanding how training works, but everything to do with the club. He was always helping me — there was a lot of brilliant input for a young coach at this time. It was an unbelievable experience and a big part of me.”
Wolf is also a former colleague of David Wagner - they share a similar football philosophy - who famously came over to England and led Huddersfield into the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history.
What has he achieved in management?
In his first season with Stuttgart Wolf led the club back into the Bundesliga as title winners, only to be harshly axed last month.
Prior to taking charge of Stuttgart Wolf enjoyed great success with the Borussia Dortmund youth teams, winning German Championships the club’s U19s and U17s (x2) sides.
Bradford or Barnsley?
Wolf, who was briefly linked with Leeds, is currently a 33/1 long shot to follow in the footsteps of David Wagner and take charge of a struggling Championship club, in Barnsley. At the time of writing the key contenders for this post are Danny Cowley, Simon Grayson and Garry Monk.
However, the German has been installed as the 2/1 favourite to succeed McCall at League One outfit Bradford, who are owned by German investors Edin Rahic and Stefan Rupp.
Bradford’s form of late may be woeful, but the 6th-placed club remain in the hunt for promotion as they bid to return to the Championship for the first time since 2004. While Wolf has no experience of managing in England, and is a relative novice in the managerial arena, young German bosses are all the rage at the moment and he could well prove to be a nifty addition.
Sack Race correspondent Gabriel Sutton thinks an appointment is certainly possible:
“The Wolf could be at the door if he is willing to tweak his tactical style; it’s easy to imagine him both knowing the Bradford owners and accepting the terms they set.”