FORMER Huddersfield boss David Wagner has been named as the new manager of Schalke.
The German will take charge of the Bundesliga outfit for the start of next season.
He has signed a three-year deal to replace caretaker boss Huub Stevens who was appointed after the club sacked Domenico Tedesco in March.
Wagner, who was previously Borussia Dortmund’s second team coach prior to his switch to England, said: “To dive into this world again and help to change the current situation for the better – that is the biggest motivation for me to return to the Bundesliga.”
It marks an emotional return for Wagner after he made 36 appearances during a two-year spell at Schalke between 1995 and ’97.
The 47-year-old left Huddersfield on January 14 by mutual consent and cited his need to take a break from the game.
The Terriers had taken just 11 points from their first 22 Premier League matches at the time of his departure.
Wagner arrived in Yorkshire in 2015 and led to promotion from the Championship via the play-offs two years later.
He then kept them up in the Prem last season before this campaign’s collapse.
Schalke finished second a year ago in Germany’s top-flight but have just avoided the drop after a difficult campaign.
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