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Report: David Wagner set to become Norwich City manager


David Wagner enjoyed success getting Huddersfield Town promoted to the English Premier League in 2017 and will now reportedly have his chance to get Norwich City back into the top flight.

Wagner has a verbal agreement with Norwich City to become the club’s next manager, Sky Sports reported Wednesday. The 51-year-old is expected to be hired prior to the Canaries’ third round FA Cup match vs. Blackburn Rovers on Sunday, according to the report.

Wagner, a former U.S. men’s national team player, last served as manager of Swiss Pro League side Young Boys from July 2021 to March 2022. He registered a 19-12-9 record in 40 matches in charge of the Swiss club before being fired with the team sitting in second place.

Wagner’s greatest achievement was not only helping Huddersfield Town gain promotion to the English Premier League in 2017 via the promotion playoffs, but also helping the Terriers fight off relegation that next season. He earned 51 victories in 154 matches in charge of Huddersfield Town before leaving the club in January 2019.

Norwich City fired manager Dean Smith in December and since has fallen to 11th in the EFL Championship standings. Wagner would be reunited with Norwich sporting director Stuart Webber, whom he worked with for two years at Huddersfield Town.

American forward Josh Sargent leads the Canaries with nine league goals this season while Teemu Pukki and Max Aarons remain key contributors in the squad. Norwich City will host Blackburn at Carrow Road on Sunday before visiting Preston North End in league play on Jan. 14.


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