Wolfsburg director Hans-Gerd Bode denies David Wagner speculation


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Wolfsburg director Hans-Gerd Bode has denied the club are set to appoint Huddersfield boss David Wagner despite recent media reports.

The Terriers coach has guided his side into the play-offs after a superb start to the campaign and he has enjoyed 12 months of success since taking charge in November 2015.

His team’s form saw him linked with the job on Monday with reports in England and Germany claiming that he was to fly back home for talks.

However, Bode insists current boss Valerien Ismael is the man for the job despite his poor start.

Ismael replaced Dieter Hecking two months ago but Wolfsburg have only won two games out of a possible eight since his arrival.

Saturday’s 1-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend kept Wolfsburg just one point above the relegation zone but Bode believes Ismael will turn the club’s form around.

He told reporters: “We have a coach who is currently showing that he can give this team new direction. “Last weekend’s result shows that the team has taken up the fight.

We are playing Gladbach on Tuesday and nothing is going to happen to the coach either before or after that game.”

Ismael will be hoping to see his side end 2016 with a win when they travel to Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday night.

The game will be the club’s final Bundesliga encounter before the winter break and Ismael’s men are priced at 4.00 to win. Gladbach are the favourites at odds of 1.95, while the draw is available at 3.40 with Dafabet.

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