Whatever happens in these final two months of the season, David Wagner has done a sensational job.
Leaving Borussia Dortmund for Huddersfield in November 2015 for his first Manager/Head Coach job, rather than rejoining Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, the transformation at the West Yorkshire club has been extraordinary.
With only three wins in 16 Championship games before his arrival, David Wagner steadied the ship and kept Huddersfield up, eventually ending 11 points above the drop.
Then this season, with very little money and numerous loan signings, he has created a team playing exciting (and winning) football, losing only one match in 18 (all competitions) until last night at the Etihad.
David Wagner signalled his intentions when making nine changes for the FA Cup match, playing an almost complete reserve side despite over seven thousand fans backing the team in Manchester.
If Brighton lose and Huddersfield beat Newcastle, Wagner’s team will be only three points behind Brighton with a game in hand.
The Huddersfield boss predicts ‘a different level when we play at home in our fortress, in a very very important game in the Championship’ against Newcastle.
Rafa Benitez and his players could go 11 points clear of Huddersfield with a win at the ‘fortress’, a potentially promotion clinching win.
Quickly getting over the defeat last night, David Wagner says there is ‘no question that the supporters will create an atmosphere that will be the best we have ever seen at the John Smith’s Stadium’.
The former Klopp assistant saying that ‘this is exactly what we need to play against a top of the table Newcastle United’.
Huddersfield Director Sean Jarvis confirmed on Wednesday that Saturday’s game will definitely sell out, only a handful of tickets then remaining.
Brighton had their biggest crowd of the season on Tuesday night but it was Newcastle who ended up the stronger and with players used to playing in front of fifty thousand, the Huddersfield atmosphere is destined to be very good but not a significant factor in the outcome.
An intriguing game ahead and it is Newcastle who go into it with even more confidence than a Huddersfield outfit who are very much on the up.
“You have to very very aggressive against such a strong opponent (as Manchester City) and what we will show on Saturday for sure, a different level when we play at at home in our fortress, in a very very important game in the Championship.
“This one happens very quickly, we will train tomorrow (Thursday) morning and we will for sure speak about this (Man City) game, we will show some clips from this game today to help the players make some better decisions.
“But then very quickly we will go forward and I have no question that the supporters will create an atmosphere that will be the best we have ever seen at the John Smith’s stadium and this is exactly what we need to play against a top of the table Newcastle United.
“We have to create something special all together.”