David Wagner reacts to Huddersfield's promotion
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 11, 2017,
Jun 11, 2017, 14:08
Wagner had blue and white wristbands made up for every player with their initials, squad number and a motivational message before their play-off semi-final win over Sheffield Wednesday. We've done it the right way. "I am happy for everyone who has helped us make this big, big achievement, and especially for the chairman who has backed almost all of my ideas - even when they seemed ridiculous". So I told them here they had an opportunity to become legends - and they have done it. Everybody will be reminded now forever what this group of players have done.
"We have to be focused on ourselves and this football club has to be focused on themselves", Wagner said.
"'I haven't seen much progression from the club during the back end of last season".
Jonathan Hogg was instrumental in one of the most famous goals in Watford history before suffering Wembley Stadium disappointment four years ago, but the midfielder is now celebrating after Huddersfield Town secured promotion to the Premier League.
Speaking to Sky Sports on the eve of the new Championship season, Holloway had predicted the West Yorkshire club would be relegated, in large part due to Wagner's lack of experience. Nobody for one moment would have suggested we would be in the play-offs at the beginning of the season. "I'm sure we can do it again".
"I think he is very happily ensconced in Berkshire, so it'll have to be a pretty big, tempting offer by my estimation to take him away from Reading".
"I have a contract and I'm very happy here", said the Dutchman.
Christopher Schindler was the hero for his side, netting the winning penalty, after Liam Moore had blazed over for Reading, before Jordan Obita saw his effort saved by Huddersfield goalkeeper Danny Ward.
"Hopefully we can do well next season, but to be honest I don't really want to think about that".
"I've played in games where there's been a shoot-out and certain players don't stand up or feign an injury. We give a lot of hope to smaller clubs", Huddersfield chairman Dean Hoyle said.